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Dredging project drags on Florida Department of Environmental Protection makes third info request BY SHAY SULLIVAN City Editor

Dora Walters

You’ve got mail — and pretty mail at that! What better subject for a watercolor class project than a poster of Longboat Key’s unique mailboxes? Suzannah Livingston, a student in Anne Abgott’s class at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, drove around the Key checking out the boxes. There were so many interesting boxes the choice was difficult. She believes her poster depicts some of the best.

You’ll flip for these For the best breakfast in town and to benefit a good cause, you can’t beat the annual pancake breakfast presented by the Longboat Key Kiwanis Club. Pancakes start flipping at 7 a.m. and are served until 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Stella Maris Activity Center of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Tickets are $4 and are available at Mail Boxes Etc., Key Cleaners, Susan Stribling’s, The Sea Stable, The Longboat Observer and at the breakfast. The pancakes are prepared, flipped and served by club members, including his honor, Longboat Mayor Ken Legler. Co-chairmen are Bill and Kelly Kary and Kim Waters. Proceeds benefit non-profit organizations selected by the club. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2A

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The music of the Boulevard Jazz Band at the Joan M. Durante Park prompted Barbara Jean Watkins and Chum Bohr to break into an impromptu dance. The park pavilion was a perfect dance floor.

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Union negotiations become philosophical BY SHAY SULLIVAN


Residents waiting to have their canals dredged by the town should prepare to wait some more. For a third time, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is prolonging the permitting process for Longboat Key’s canal-dredging project. The town expected to hear from FDEP March 5. If the department had approved the permit by then, the town project would be on schedule to commence in May as planned. But instead of giving the town the go ahead, FDEP made a third request for additional information. The town has 90 days to respond to it and then FDEP is allowed another 30 days after that to make a decision. Public Works Director Juan Florensa and other town officials have already spent more than a year seeking a state permit for the $1.6 million project, in which the town will have more than 40 canals dredged. FDEP is not openly protesting the unprecedented scope of the project, said Town Manager Bruce St. Denis. But the precedent the town would set by dredging so many canals has been a topic behind closed doors, he said. Commissioner Jim Patterson is frustrated that the project is being delayed. Patterson has repeatedly asked about the project during commission meetings and is concerned the dredging will not start in May.

During the latest contract talks between the town and police, the town’s labor attorney, Reynolds Allen, asked the police union to adopt the philosophy that what is good enough for all other employees is good enough for police. Allen does not want to “set in stone” things, such as how much sick leave an officer gets, by including them in the three-year contract being bargained. Allen wants the town to retain the right to reduce or increase such benefits as needed, he said. When changes do occur, the town and union would then bargain over their impact. So in many cases, Allen is proposing that police agree to accept benefits outlined in the town’s personnel rules and regulations. Those rules apply to all town employees,

unless the employee has a union contract. here,” he said. “That is the philosophy of the town counThe town can change any rule at any time cil ... we’re going to treat everybody the and apply it to all employees. same,” said Allen. That is what worried union The officers’ workweek is representative Paul Noeske. “That is the another touchy issue. Noeske is not suggesting that philosophy of the Currently, Longboat Key police get better benefits than town council ... police work 12-hour shifts. other employees. Instead he Noeske wants to make sure the wants the current rules written we’re going to officers continue to do so. into a contract, so police know treat everybody “Twelve-hour shifts are very the way it is now is the way it the same.” important to the morale here will be for the life of the agreeand I think they work,” said ment. REYNOLDS ALLEN Noeske. Noeske said he could not Town Labor Attorney Allen said that may be true, understand why the town would but the town needs the ability to not guarantee sick leave in the contract. change the workweek. The two sides agreed “We might want to change it,” said Allen. to disagree. If no agreement is reached in the Noeske said signing a contract without future, the matter will go through an arbitrasick leave would embarrass him all over the CONTINUED ON PAGE 4A state. “I can’t set that kind of precedent



our TOWN Join the Walk A new team joining the Juvenile Diabetes Association’s annual “Walk for a Cure” on March 23 is Team Euphemia Haye. Kate, Ray and D’Arcy Arpkes’ 22-year-old daughter, was diagnosed with Type I diabetes this past summer, a month before she graduated from college. With self-discipline and daily insulin injections, Kate is controlling the disease. She performs blood sugar tests four to eight times a day. In checking family history, the Arpkes found Ray’s brother and his grand nephew have diabetes and his parents developed diabetes late in life. Funds raised from “Walk for a Cure” events around the country are the largest source of revenue for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. The Arpkes welcome anyone who wants to join the team in the walk or to contribute a dollar or check to the International Research Foundation. Call 383-1180 or send donations to 690 Cedar St., Longboat Key, 34228. The Walk for a Cure is Saturday, March 23, at Siesta Key Beach. Check in time is 8:30 a.m. and the 3.1 mile walk begins at 9:30 a.m.

Leaving Town Frank and Beth Cunningham, longtime residents of Longboat Key, are moving back to Cincinnati where most of their family resides, including Frank’s 93-year-old mother. The Cunninghams moved here in 1986 and Frank became co-director of the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce. He was also city editor of The Longboat Observer before becoming a freelance writer. Cunningham is the author of “The Key To Longboat,” an informal history of the Key. In Cincinnati he plans to resume practicing law and will be specializing in real estate law. Beth was associated for many years with the


Longboat Key Center for the Arts, serving in several capacities. Also leaving town are Marty and E.K. Ervin, longtime owners of The Bayou in the 5800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Both were always active in community affairs and were active Letters to the Editor writers. Daily during the season, Marty would tack a Post-it with a “thought for the day” on a wooden post near the sidewalk. Walkers also stopped to check it out. The Ervins will be making their home in Atlanta with their daughter.

Lulu’s back Lulu, our missing Yorkie pup, has been found alive and is doing well. Owner Lenoire Bredt claims The Longboat Observer saved her life. Reported missing on Monday afternoon while in Bredt’s parked car at a mid-Key shopping area, Bredt called the police. The car was checked thoroughly and no trace of Lulu was found. Bredt contacted area veterinarians, pet shops and even posted a reward. Wednesday morning a friend called and told her about The Observer’s Our Town story and suggested she get copies and distribute it along with the flyers. Bredt had no intention of leaving her post by the telephone but took her friend’s suggestion. She started her car and thought she heard her brakes squeak. Listening again, she realized it was Lulu who was under the driver’s seat. Lulu had been without food or water for 36 hours. Bredt and her vet agree that Lulu probably couldn’t have survived much longer. As it was, Lulu was severely dehydrated but is recovering at home. “If I hadn’t gone out to get copies of The Observer, I know Lulu wouldn’t be here,” Bredt said. Whether she was trapped or hid voluntarily, Lulu’s hiding place remains a mystery. — Compiled by Dora Walters

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Town briefs Polls are the place to be March 19

Pat Arends • Full-time Longboat Key resident for 25 years. • Graduated from Ohio State University • Longboat Key Town Clerk for 14 years. Also spent several years in business and other government posts. • Member of Village Association, Longboat Key Center for the Arts and Longboat Key Garden Club.

Richard ‘Dick’ Hershatter • Full-time resident for two years. • Graduated from Yale University and University of Michigan Law School at Ann Arbor. • Practiced law for 50 years and is the author of several books.

Ron Johnson

Jeremy Whatmough

• Full-time resident for seven years. • Graduated from University of Akron. • Executive in manufactured housing industry for 26 years. Worked for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and General Motors before that. • Member of the Village Association and the Millennium Committee.

• Full-time Longboat Key resident for five years. • Graduated from Harvard University. • Career business executive. • Member of Planning and Zoning Board, Citizens Relations Committee, Kiwanis Club, Longboat Key Garden Club, president of Solutions To Avoid Red Tide.


Candidates fuel public forum BY SHAY SULLIVAN City Editor

The four Town Commission candidates came together to speak directly to the voters at the Bayfront Park Recreation Center on March 5. “We have our victims lined up here,” joked Dr. Celia Edmundson, who moderated the forum sponsored by The Longboat Observer. After allowing each candidate a one-minute introductory statement, Edmundson let the audience question the candidates. Of course, the first question was about reclaimed water. The following is a summary of some of the questions asked and the answers given by candidates. • How do you feel about the reclaimed water situation? Pat Arends — Arends said she did not wholly endorse the reclaimed water project at first, because she felt there were questions that needed to be answered. But, once the commission resolved to only charge users for the water and seek funding from the state revolving fund, she endorsed the project. But she did so with the caveat that voters need to be informed of the commission’s resolutions. Dick Hershatter — “I think the matter needs more study,” said Hershatter. He said a solution is needed, but that he would prefer to reach a solution by which everybody can get water. He suggested that the town pipe in reclaimed water from both Sarasota and Manatee counties, so there is enough to go around.

Whatmough. “I consider this to be a window of opportunity.” Whatmough commended commissioners for their foresight in seeking reclaimed water and called the proposal a “winwin” situation. • In a dispute between a citizen and the town, what process, other than litigation, would you recommend to resolve it? RJ — Johnson said if the dispute is with a town department, a complaint should be lodged with the town manager. If he is not responsive, the citizen should then come before the Town Commission, which can redirect the town manager, Johnson said. “That’s what we have.” PA — Arends mentioned that the Town Commission holds quasi-judicial hearings to deal with some matters. Those hearings are held in public and if the citizen is not satisfied with the results, he can appeal the decision, she explained. DH — Hershatter said one of the reasons he decided to run is that he is “particularly horrified by how the Town Commission throws money at problems.” He said the amount of litigation on Longboat Key has the town attorney making more money in a part-time position than the town manager makes in a full-time position. Hershatter said he could help prevent the town from becoming involved in litigation in the first place, by using a little “common sense.”

RJ — Johnson said what his opponent said is untrue. The town is wealthy and subject to lawsuits, he said. Also, in the past, poor attorneys put the town in position to be sued,

Jeremy Whatmough — “Longboat Key needs water,” said


Election ad raises a few questions City Editor

Controversy over her campaign advertisement has Town Commission candidate Pat Arends running a second ad to clarify the first and her opponent planning to file a complaint. By running an ad listing contributors to her campaign without their permission, Arends raised the question of whether the ad could be construed as a list of supporters. This is an election issue, because a candidate must receive written permission from supporters before using their names in an ad. Arends said what she printed is the same list of contributors on file at Town Hall. “It didn’t say they endorsed me.”

There will be a Town Commission meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 at SunTrust, 510 Bay Isles Road. The election results will be announced, oaths will be administered to new commissioners and a mayor and vice mayor will be selected. There will be a Town Commission workshop at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at SunTrust, 510 Bay Isles Road. Items to be discussed include: • A proposed ordinance that will allow enforcement of sea turtle protection devices. • Discussion about the fire rescue department, including consideration of an agreement between the town and Bayflight for emergency helicopter service. • Reclaimed water update. • Beach renourishment update. • Consideration of rate hikes for waste management and the town’s recycling center. — Compiled by Shay Sullivan

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JW — Whatmough said he believes litigation should be a last resort and that he would bring that belief to bear as a commissioner. He said communicating with the citizen is a better way to solve problems.

Ron Johnson — Johnson said he has become a “student of water” and learned that there is a problem on Longboat Key about which something must be done. “We need to support the water referendum,” he said.


The Longboat Key election polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 19. If you are a Manatee County voter, your ballot should be cast at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Voters who live in the Sarasota County section of Longboat Key will be voting at the All Angels By the Sea Episcopal Church Activity Center, 563 Bay Isles Road. Polls close at 7 p.m. To vote, residents will need to show a voter registration card or driver’s license in addition to another government issued document with their name and address, such as a utility bill or library card. Absentee ballots can be obtained by contacting the supervisor of elections for your county. The supervisor’s number in Manatee County is 741-3823, and the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections can be reached by calling 861-8600. A touch-screen machine will be used for voting. Spare machines will be set up at the polling places so voters can practice with them beforehand. Or, voters may practice with the new machines from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 16 at the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections office, 101 South Washington Boulevard.

Above the list of 101 names, Arends made the following statement: “Contributors to Pat’s campaign represent a real cross-section of our community. They know Pat has NO political debt and will work for EVERYONE with fairness, courage and integrity.” Florida law states: “It is unlawful for any candidate ... to represent that any person or organization supports such candidate, unless the person or organization so represented has given specific approval in writing.” Town Clerk Donna Spencer said any complaints about the ad would be confidential and handled by the state. She also said she is advising candidates not to run a list of their contributors. Arends’ opponent for District 5, Jeremy Whatmough said he has no

plans to run his list of contributors. But Whatmough did pick up papers to file a complaint with the state, he said. To clarify the matter, Arends paid to have a “public notice” printed this week (see page 18B). It reiterates her assertion, that the ad listed names of contributors on record and that “such contributions do not specifically imply support of my candidacy.” The statement echoes the sentiments of Mayor Ken Legler, who is on the list of contributors. Legler pointed out that he contributed to the campaigns of both candidates. “I gave money to both Pat and Jeremy and it was not an endorsement of either,” said Legler. ❑

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These first two curved piers can now be seen at the Bird Key end of the Ringling Bridge project. All 12 bridge foundations have been sunk 50 feet into the bay at 300foot intervals.

Coming attractions (March 18 to March 22) • Crews will continue forming and placing concrete for piers on the Bird Key side of the bridge. • Crews are setting the framework for the first pier segment, which is the shape of the final bridge structure. • Crews will continue fabrication of segments at the Manatee pre-casting yard.

Traffic impacts • Traffic speeds through project limits are 30 mph. • Expect trucks and heavy equipment entering and exiting the roadway near the project. • No lane closures are anticipated. • Boaters should use caution in the construction zone, although there are no submerged lines at this time there may be submerged obstacles.



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Canal dredging CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A St. Denis explained that the commission decided not to start dredging until after tourist season ended May 1. “We didn’t say we were going to start in May, we said we weren’t going to start before May,” he said. Nevertheless, Patterson wants the project underway as soon as possible. He said the town should tell someone in Tallahassee that “we are way behind and we’ve got a lot of irate people and ask for help.” Patterson said he is not suggesting the town “beat these guys over the head.” Instead, Patterson is in favor of killing them with kindness. He suggested if someone is nice enough and persistent enough, the state will issue a permit just to be rid of him. In addition to securing a permit, the town must also put the project out to contractors for bidding — a process that takes two months. Although the town does not need a permit in hand to seek bids, the parameters of the permit must be known. For example, the project will involve disturbing about one third of an acre of sea grasses. To make up for this loss, the state will require that the town plant more sea grass elsewhere. But the town needs to know how much sea grass to

Union CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A tion process and eventually wind up before the Town Commission. “I guess the Town Commission will have to decide that issue,” said Allen. The two sides arrived at similar standoffs for educational reimbursement and vacations. “We’re going to want all of that in the contract,” said Noeske. “Good luck,” said Allen. After he reviewed the contract with the union, Allen said he would take

plant before it is able to describe the project to contractors. The state can require the town to replant up to 10 times as much sea grass as it has disturbed. Florensa said he hopes the ratio will be closer to three to one, meaning the town replants an acre of sea grass. “That’s the number we are really waiting for,” said Florensa. The state has asked the town to describe how it will replace the sea grasses and prove the method is effective. The FDEP official working on the permit said he is not allowed to speak to the press. FDEP spokesperson Merritt Mitchell, who is not as familiar with the project, answered questions instead. She said FDEP is requesting information for a third time because previous responses were not satisfactory. The town’s technical advisor for the dredging project, Cliff Truitt, said there is no limit to the additional requests for information the state can make. So it is possible for the process to go on indefinitely. Florensa said there is one way the town could start the project without waiting for the state. Most of the canals in town have been exempted from the permit process. The town could start with those canals and move on to the permitted canals later. But putting such a two-phase project out to bid would be logistically difficult, Florensa predicted. FDEP can be reached at 813-744-6100. ❑

the document back to the town and develop a “final position” on the pending issues. There may be some areas in which the town may compromise, he suggested. The town will present its final position to Noeske, who will share it with the officers. Then a final meeting will take place, where both sides present their final positions. If an agreement is reached a contract will be signed. If not, the arbitration process begins. A state representative would try to facilitate an agreement. Then a special master could be brought in to make a recommendation. The last step

is for the contract to go before the commission for a final decision. Noeske warned that if the contract makes it to that phase, Longboat Key residents will be seeing police on the streets — picketing instead of patrolling. He said there are not enough Longboat Key officers to reach the public that way, so officers from offisland may be brought in to help. Noeske said the contract should be an “easy” one, because officers are not pushing for higher pay or grandiose benefits. “It is, just sign it,” said Allen. ❑



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Town Hall comes tumbing down BY SHAY SULLIVAN City Editor

It took only one work day to tear down the Town Commission chambers and police station that served Longboat Key for decades. With the old building out of the way, construction crews will begin work on a bigger and better town headquarters. The project is to occur in two phases and take about 15 months altogether. The project is expected to cost $2,660,000. For the first year, the Town Commission chambers will be rebuilt. Weather permitting, the project should be complete by March 2003, said Public Works Director Juan Florensa. Then, the other half of Town Hall will be renovated. In the meantime, town employees will be putting up with more noise than usual. “It will be noisy,” said Florensa. “But I don’t think it will be to the point where people will say they can’t work there anymore. I think they’re willing to put up with it because this is going to be their new house.” A partition will be installed between the portion of Town Hall under construction and the portion still in use to reduce the din, Florensa said. Also, an opaque fence surrounds the construction sight so the project is not a disturbance to the public, he said. Before tearing Town Hall down, asbestos was removed — along with the rats. Florensa said traps were set to kill rodents, lest they escape during demolition and migrate elsewhere. Over the past week, construction workers removed debris. The next step is to test the soil before digging a foundation, Florensa said. “In the beginning it’s going to look like not a lot is happening.” While digging the foundation, pipes and electrical routes must be installed, so the work will be conducted underground for a while, Florensa explained. But once that is complete, the work will “go vertical,” which is when people will really start to notice the changes on Bay Isles Road, he said. The second phase, which is to entail the remodeling of the rest of Town Hall, will commence once the first phase is complete next year. Florensa said because the second phase is only a renovation, it should take less time. He expects that to be complete in June 2003. ❑

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The season’s final concert of the Sunday in Park series at the Joan M. Durante Park will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17. The concert will feature “Swing with Big Z and the

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The candidates In the shadow of Longboat Key’s reclaimed water debate, four Longboat Key residents have been campaigning for the past three months to be elected to the Town Commission: • Pat Arends and Jeremy Whatmough for the District 5 seat being vacated by retiring Commissioner Ray Metz. • Dick Hershatter and incumbent Commissioner Ron Johnson for one of the at-large seats. They have helped make this election season a little more lively than in past years. And, as resident Jim Durante noted at a recent candidates forum, anyone who volunteers to run for office should be applauded. Unfortunately, only two of the four candidates can win.

Arends vs. Whatmough In Arends and Whatmough, Longboat voters have two highly qualified candidates who can and, if elected, will serve Longboat Key ably and honorably. Arends, thanks to her 14 years as town clerk, knows the workings of the town intimately. She knows the issues and challenges that confront the town. And indeed, having sat through 14 years of commission meetings gives her experience that can be viewed as an advantage over Whatmough. What’s more, Arends would bring to the commission a perspective that has been missing for half a decade — that of a woman. Shame on us for even mentioning “the woman thing,” but there is indeed a difference between the way men and women think, and it would be beneficial to have a woman’s point of view on the commission. But despite all of her attributes and assets, Arends found herself campaigning against the man who, for the past half decade, may be Longboat Key’s most dedicated volunteer, civic activist and public servant, Jeremy Whatmough. Whatmough has earned the position — and your vote. A couple of stories make the point: After Whatmough lost his first town election bid four years ago, rather than retreat into a slow-paced life of retirement, Whatmough went to work — even harder than before. He has volunteered and held seats on the town’s Citizens Relations Committee, he has served as a member of the town’s Planning and Zoning Board, he is former chairman of the town’s pension board. Outside of town activities, he served as president of the Longboat Key Garden Club, he is a regular reader at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church on Sundays, and he is an active volunteer in the Longboat Key Kiwanis Club. But the way Whatmough has most earned a seat on the commission is through his efforts as the volunteer, do-everything president of S.T.A.R.T., Solutions to Avoid Red Tide. This is an incredibly thankless, tough and necessary job, and Whatmough has carried it out with distinction. Talk about a fruitless task: As director of START, one of the jobs is constant fund-raising and begging local, regional, state and federal lawmakers to appropriate funds for the continued study of how to control red tide and for the cleanup of the dead fish when it strikes. This involves letter writing, telephone calls, visits to politicians’ and business owners’ offices — almost constant groveling. Indeed, were it not for Whatmough’s efforts, it’s likely S.T.A.R.T. would have ended long ago. Likewise, were it not for Whatmough, the dead fish on Longboat Key’s beaches last summer might still be there. Year-round residents remember well the coughing and rancid smell of dead fish late last August. But they may not remember that when the fish washed ashore, a Longboat Key resident called Town Hall to seek help from the town to remove the fish from the beach. Town officials told him they could not do it. So the frustrated resident called Whatmough. Whatmough called the town manager. Same answer — no can do. But Whatmough persisted. He called state officials who had authority over the beaches and cleared the way for trucks to go on the beach. And then he called Longboat’s town manager again. Town Manager Bruce St. Denis then marshaled the town staff and hired a debris-hauling firm to remove what turned out to be 176,000 pounds of dead fish — thanks to Whatmough. Another Whatmough example: Every year, the Longboat Key Kiwanis Club awards scholarship money to needy students at the colleges in Manatee and Sarasota counties. For years, the program limped along. But when Whatmough took it over the past two years, he personally called and vis-

In case you missed it… Here are a few of the key points stated in previous editorials regarding next week’s ballot questions: • Reclaimed water: Longboat commissioners have pledged only users will pay, yet the ballot question gives them the authority to tax everyone, even though not everyone (especially north Longboaters) will get to use the water. The town wants to pay for and maintain water pipes for Bird, Lido and St. Armands keys as leverage to secure a water supply; this isn’t necessary — why should we subsidize our neighbors? • Commissioner compensation: Proponents say Longboat commissioners are worth at least $4,800 a year; we say they’re priceless — priceless volunteers for 47 years. • Sarasota County one-mill school tax: The tax perpetuates a fundamental flaw: a government-run monopoly. If you want to drive a Lexus, you pay the premium; you don’t force everyone to subsidize your wants. Likewise, if parents want more resources in their schools, they should pay the cost. Why, for instance, should a 75-year-old woman on a fixed income, taking numerous medications and taking care of her Alzheimers-affected, diabetes-suffering husband pay more school taxes when her insurance (also government subsidized) doesn’t cover all of her needs? Education benefits all, but there is no logical argument that says it must be publicly financed.

‘Massive campaign” Our critics say we have conducted “a massive campaign” to defeat the March 19 vote on Longboat Key’s $28 million reclaimed water referendum. It’s a funny accusation. What do they call Town Manager Bruce St. Denis’ presentations all over the Key — unbiased coffee klatches?

At what point are you qualified? What an insult. Richard Hershatter has been a property owner and part-time resident of Longboat Key for 12 years. He has been a full-time resident for two years. The Public Interest Committee “dissed” Hershatter in its “Voice” publication because he “has not lived here long enough to really know and understand the community.”

The property value myth Have the property values soared on Longboat because of Sarasota’s schools, as so many school-tax supporters claim? Property values have soared on the Key because there is only a 10-mile supply of beachfront property here; because Longboat is a safe city; because it has great police, fire and EMS departments; because it has good restaurants; and because people take care of and add value to their properties. If public schools influence property values, how do you explain the exhorbitant prices of real estate in New York City and Los Angeles? The public schools?

All those advanced degrees Sarasota’s public school advocates make a big deal out of 56% of the faculty members having advanced degrees. Yes, good teachers positively influence children’s lives. But advanced degrees are no guarantee that the recipients of them will be good, or even excellent, teachers. No doubt there are some. But likewise there are excellent teachers who don’t have advanced degrees. The degree bit is overblown. Consider this, too: How do you explain the achievements of, say, Defense Secretary Colin Powell and economist/author Thomas Sowell, Ph.D., two boys who rose out of the slums and inner city public schools of New York City? Or the success of say, Longboat Key resident Nate Benderson, whose parents went broke when he was a young boy and who, without a high school diploma, created and built the largest privately held shopping center company in the nation? Did the quality of their schools pave their success? No, it was largely the result of individual effort. Indeed, when you think about your own success, how much of it would you attribute to the school system and teachers, how much to your parents and their influence and how much to your own efforts? To be sure, the quality of a school is important. But it’s disingenuous to place a high degree of student achievement on the percentage of advanced degrees held by faculty.

ited each of the local colleges and technical schools’ financial aid offices to promote the scholarships. He organized student questionnaires, took them to and retrieved them from the colleges, made copies for his fellow Kiwanis judges, presided over the selection process and disbursement of the money. Thanks to Whatmough’s efforts, the largest number of students in the program’s history applied for the scholarships. While this may not sound like a big deal, the point is this: Whatmough is a sincere and dedicated doer. When he takes on an assignment, he gives it his all. You can expect he will give Longboaters even more as a commissioner.

Hershatter vs. Johnson The at-large race between two-term incumbent Ron Johnson and first-time Longboat Town Commission candidate Dick Hershatter presents Longboaters with a rare opportunity: that of adding a sharp mind and fresh perspective to the commission. Based on what we’ve observed and heard from Hershatter over the past few months, he would serve as a commissioner who will challenge the status quo from the point of view of the people, rather than from the point of view of the Town Hall Club. Hershatter is no green-horn when it comes to municipal law and politics. Prior to retiring full time two years ago to his Banyan Bay condominium, (he has been a part-time resident here 12 years), Hershatter practiced law 50 years in New Haven, Conn., specializing in municipal and labor law. He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan and his undergraduate degree from Yale University (in the

same class as George Herbert Bush). He also pursues a college passion — writing spy novels (five have been published, the most recent “Hung Jury”). His exposure to politics came on several fronts: He was elected to two terms on the Bransford Board of Education in Bransford, Conn., served as the town lawyer at various times for Bransford and East Haven and led the local Republicans in Clinton, Conn. Suffice it to say Hershatter knows how government and politics work. More appealing, though, is Hershatter’s surgical style. He cuts directly to an issue, sometimes irritating the followers of conventional wisdom. “I am not a nice guy,” Hershatter told The Longboat Observer. “When mistakes are being made, I fight to correct them — loudly.” On his self assessment, Hershatter is only half right. He is a nice guy — pleasant, thoughtful on the issues, unpretentious. But he doesn’t have much affection for decisions and government policymaking that defy common sense. Hershatter, for instance, has referred routinely on the campaign trail to the cutting of the Lynches Landing shamrock as a case of government thinking “outside the box” — outside the common-sense box. He wants to question more thoroughly what’s going on inside the walls of Town Hall, not as commission-defender of the town, but as a representative of the voter. Hershatter doesn’t think he has much of a chance to unseat incumbent Commissioner Johnson. For one, Hershatter hasn’t come up through the system the way the Town Hall Elders prescribe. But that makes him all the more appealing. A fresh perspective is a good thing. Hershatter can think clearly; he hasn’t been brainwashed.




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Why retirees benefit from a higher school tax BY WILMA HAMILTON Guest Writer

“I have no children, why should I pay higher taxes for someone else’s kids? “I raised my family up North and paid high school taxes there to put them through public school.” “I retired to Sarasota on a fixed income and stretch my dollars. What’s in this referendum for me?” On March 19, the citizens of Sarasota County will make a choice about supplementing the state funding of our county schools with a one-mill increase in property tax. As we have discussed this impending choice throughout the county, we have heard the above questions many times. They are significant and legitimate questions deserving equally significant and legitimate answers. There is no question Sarasota County has prospered over the past decade, and we are being recognized nationally for the vision of our leaders and the hard work of our citizens. Whether receiving the title of “Best Small City in America” for the city of Sarasota, Florida Trend naming Venice a “small town gem” or any of the many other awards our county has received recently, the common denominator among them all is the high “quality of life” we have created together. Indeed, we are blessed with the gifts of nature: an idyllic climate, beautiful beaches and the sparkling sea. But nature shares her blessings with many communities in our state. We distinguish our county by the decisions we have made together to invest in and shape our character to high standards of excellence.

The Sarasota County School District lives up to these standards and is integral to the total quality of life we all enjoy. There is a direct correlation between available financial resources and student achievement when those resources are invested wisely. In 1993, the Sarasota County School District was in the upper 25% of school districts in Florida. In 1994, the county passed a referendum increasing property taxes by 1.018 mills to benefit the school district. In 1998-1999, our school district was ranked first in the state. Understanding that great teachers inspire great students, we improved by competing nationally for the best faculty, investing in the professional development of our existing teachers and by raising the percentage of our faculty with advanced degrees to the highest in the state. We invested in our teaching staff, and they produced a return on your investment that was astonishing. If this referendum passes, a significant percentage of your funds will be spent on maintaining faculty quality. The district has succeeded, and the county has benefited by this success with us. The district and the county are inextricably linked, and our fortunes will rise or fall together. It is no coincidence that as the Sarasota County School District ascended to its premier position in the state, the county’s private property values have blossomed. According to Kathy Baylis, vice president of the Sarasota County Committee for Economic Development, “Property values rise and fall, in part, as the demand for housing increases/decreases. Families with children buying their first homes or those relocating to the community for a career opportunity are a big

Letters to

THE EDITOR If you would like to send us your comments, please write, e-mail or fax one of the following addresses: Box 8100, Longboat Key 34228; e-mail:; fax: 383-7193. Please include your name and phone number. The Longboat Observer will print all letters to the editor if it feels they are of general interest, but only if the letter is signed and the author’s street address and phone number are given. The editor reserves the right to condense letters.

Reclaimed causes concerns Dear Editor: After a recent discussion with Bruce St. Denis and consultant Laura Andrews, I had many concerns, legal, economic and technical about the reclaimed water project. The Commissioner’s recent message in The Longboat Observer of March 7 has heightened my concerns. 1. Is there legal authority for the town to proceed under the proposed business model? 2. Is there a reliable revenue stream, independent of ad valorem taxes, the Bond Counsel will accept as sole security for payment of the bond debt? 3. If the referendum passes, the property owners will be guarantors of the bond debt in direct proportion to the assessed value of their property and not in proportion to benefit received. If no reclaimed water is received by a property, there is no “measurable” benefit to that property. The town has not defined its priorities for allocation of the water. Bruce St. Denis referenced an opinion of the town attorney, that the town has authority “to do what it is doing.” Inspection of relevant town records has been completed and such a letter of assurance was not found. However, a letter of attorney David Livermore advised that the town is authorized to conduct the referendum. Significantly, Livermore’s approval of the related Resolution 02-03 is limited as to “form” by stating “without commenting on the policy matters therein.” Resolution 02-03, states the following policy: “The proposed users of the reclaimed water shall be charged a rate sufficient to pay for the costs of design, construction, purchase of water, operations, and maintenance of the Longboat Key reclaimed water system.” In direct opposition to that policy, the

bond referendum question asks the property owners to guarantee payment of all incurred expenses whether or not there is a reliable continuing revenue stream from water sales. While passage of the referendum will bind the property owners, the resolution does not, and cannot bind the present or future administrations to implement the policy or to even attempt to follow it. Bruce St. Denis has assured all that the town will not proceed unless enough subscribers sign long-term contracts. If the referendum passes, the town should halt all expenditures with the consultant until they have a solid legal opinion concerning their authority to proceed with their business plant; and Bond Counsel opinion as to the adequacy of the security available from operation of the new utility. The contract form is not presently available from the town. In a preliminary opinion, I have been advised that a condo association lacks authority to sign a long-term contract with the publicly described terms. One commissioner has been quoted as saying, “Since our fellow taxpayers will not have to pay for this system, it becomes a win/win situation for everyone.” Neither that commissioner nor other adherents to that conclusion have any basis in fact to support their views. The legal authority for and the economic viability of the proposed business plan are untested; and to project performance of the business for 20 years is impossible. The elected officials and town employees lack both personal authority and capacity of office to guarantee that said commissioner’s “fellow taxpayers will not have to pay.” I doubt that a prudent businessman would invest in this undertaking. If the referendum passes, the property owners of Longboat Key are committed to that undertaking in proportions corresponding to the assessed values of

part of that demand, especially in the resale market where housing is more affordable. The quality of our educational system is a critical element in their decision to move to our community. I know in my interactions with businesses relocating to Sarasota County that one of the consistent requests is for information about our educational system. So far we have had a pretty good story to tell. I’m very hopeful that will continue.” Prominent Sarasota Realtor Michael Saunders agrees. “Property values in a community are directly related to the quality of a number of key indicators. It has been my experience that one of the first indicators looked at is the quality of education. Without great schools, engaged students, topnotch teachers, and stimulating extracurricular activities, the whole community pays the price.” The bottom line is that the educational prosperity of our children is directly connected to the economic prosperity of us all. The personal expenditure represented by this additional millage increase is a solid investment for everyone. There are no great communities with mediocre schools. No matter how you look at it, for better or worse, we are all in this together. On March 19, we have the opportunity to choose for the better, we have the chance to keep our community great. When we make this choice, all citizens of Sarasota County — those with children and those without — will benefit. Wilma Hamilton is superintendent of schools for Sarasota County. ❑

their properties, and not on any measure of benefit to their property. John C. Albrecht Longboat Key

Get a real job Dear Editor: Being a commissioner of Longboat Key requires diverse experience, dedication, hard work and love for the community. It is a position of trust and respect. Therefore, I cannot believe that anyone in this privileged position would lower himself to accept a yearly salary of a mere $4,800 — not for the children, grandchildren or for anyone else! However, if there is a commissioner on the board who really needs this $4,800 (pretax) to live on or to make his children proud of him, then he should seek a real job. This job is not about money. Gary Benko Longboat Key

Haste makes waste Dear Editor: The claims put forward in a full-page ad last week by the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Longboat Key Condominiums (whoever they may be) and the Longboat Key Public Interest Committee that “because only users will pay, it will not affect your tax or water bills” is just absolutely not true. The true and indisputable facts are: 1. The bond, if approved, is “pledging the town’s full faith, credit and unlimited taxing power and/or utility system revenues.” That is the precise wording of the question, despite the reassurances to the contrary. If the pipe is never laid, or if it is completed and never used, the taxpayers of Longboat Key will still have to pay for that $28 million plus bond issue, and it will require a substantial raise in our Longboat Key taxes by increasing the Township’s indebtedness by approximately 215%. 2. There is not a single contract with or even a stated intention from a “potential” user of reclaimed water that will provide any revenue to pay off the $28 million. The town’s own figures of the gallonage needed daily, and the cost to the larger properties (exclusive of connection and maintenance fees) are listed on page 5 of last week’s Observer (March 7). The largest user is expected to be Harbourside Golf Course, which will pay $922,625 annually for that water. Anyone who believes that Shannon Hotel Group (The Longboat Key Club) will pay almost a million dollars a year for reclaimed water, and not use its own existing wells, is smoking opium. And what about

the other 18 holes on the Islandside Golf Course? No mention of that in the town figures. 3. All Longboat residents who do want reclaimed water (if any) will not be able to hook up to the system. The Town Manager has stated that Longboat Key needs 5 to 6 million gallons for irrigation every day, but there will only be a maximum of 2.5 million gallons available. More than half the island will not receive reclaimed water. The only benefit to those who do not get any, says St. Denis, is that they will not have to give up any of the potable water they currently are using. What kind of beneficial promise is that? The only sure thing in this equation is that Longboat taxpayers will be obligated to pay the $28 million plus, whether or not anybody ever hooks up and pays for the water or whether or not the pipeline is ever used. Finally, it was admitted at town “presentations” on the subject that “the reclaimed water is intended only for those areas where the salt intrusion is the worst, mainly in the southeast section around Bay Isles Parkway with its 27 holes of golf.” There are many other questions and options that have never been addressed, many not answered, and many more seeming by and carefully avoided. The most obvious option, not even pursued by the town’s very expensive engineering study, has been that of the availability of more potable water from Manatee County and the advisability of laying a new and larger pipeline from Manatee, where our drinking water now comes from, also eliminating any existing and future problems with our existing potable line. This would also eliminate the very high cost of an entirely new line and the right-of-way and other problems coming the other way from Sarasota. The engineering representative, as late as last Thursday, Feb. 28, stated that this was an option never looked at. Another not considered was mixing potable water with existing well water to reduce salinity. It seems to me, for reasons never fully or even satisfactorily explained at all, that this reclaimed water issue is being pushed very hard and very fast. Why all the rush? There is no crisis today, or even in the reasonably foreseeable future. Let’s give the people involved more time to explore all options fully and save the taxpayers’ money for the best possible solution for all. It may be an old adage, but it is almost always true: Haste makes waste (no pun intended). Francis J. Robinson Longboat Key




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Ubernahmegesprache equal to $250 million judgment? What is the definition of ubernahmegesprache? How it is answered may result in the outcome of a federal court litigation, in which experts estimate that $250 million in damages is the stake. The meaning of the 18-letter word has different meanings among experts. U.S. District Judge John Koeltl was faced with the confusing issue of resolving the dispute. Borrowing from the parlance of Bill Clinton, the crucial question in the case depends upon what is meant by ubernahmegesprache. Here are the facts: Deutsche Bank acquired Bankers Trust Corporation for $9.7 billion. RolfErnst Breuer for Deutsche denied in a magazine interview that Deutsche was engaged in ubernahmegesprache. His lawyers claim that the word means “formal and structural talks where confidential documents have been exchanged. Because Deutsche talks had not reached that level, his comments were true and not misleading.” But investors who are suing Deutsche and Breuer disagree. To make the plaintiff whole, they seek $250 million. United States securities laws require any comments by executives about material events that could affect stock prices must be trustful. As the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, “A company could be sued after it falsely denied engaging in merger negotiations.” That is the basis for lawyers advis-

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Candidate forum CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3A Johnson said. But that is no longer the case with the current attorney, he said. DH — Hershatter rebutted by saying this is exactly where he and his opponent differ. He said Johnson is comfortable with having a town attorney at every board meeting, whether a legal issue is expected or not. Hershatter said the attorney is there “essentially to babysit.” • What are your thoughts on the question of paying commissioners? PA — Arends said she does not have a strong feeling one way or another. She said the commissioners certainly work hard. But pay would not incite them to work any harder or encourage better candidates to run, she believes. She said she smiles when commissioners say the lack of pay is embarrassing. The volunteer status of the commissioners is a “source of pride,” she suggested. DH — Herhsatter pointed out that commissioners are already reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses. If commissioners receive a salary, too, and the “camel gets its nose in the tent,” more money may be requested, he said. Also, the voters turned a similar request down recently, he said. “It needs to be turned down again.” Herhsatter said it should be an honor to serve as a commissioner and, if elected, he would give the money away. RJ — Johnson said he is honorable. He said getting paid would not make a difference to him and that he would probably give the money to charity. But he does support the idea of pay for commissioners, he said. JW — If commissioners are paid, where does it stop, Whatmough asked. Will the Planning and Zoning Board be paid next? Whatmough said he would consider it an honor to serve as a commissioner. • The comments about users paying for reclaimed water do not jibe with the referendum, which gives the town the ability to charge everyone for the water. What are your thoughts on that? DH — Hershatter said that what voters are deciding is whether to mortgage the island. Everybody is in favor of a green island, he said, but he thinks the solution needs more study. Voters are also being asked to trust Sarasota “bureau-


NEWS crats” to keep reclaimed water safe, Heshatter said. He said anybody who votes for the project as proposed is “crazy.” PA — Arends reiterated that when she endorsed the project, she also urged commissioners to get the word out to voters that they have resolved to only charge users. She said whether voters know that is the plan is “still a concern.” RJ — Johnson said with any project there is a risk to the taxpayers. But “time is short,” he said. And “if we don’t do something we’ll be in trouble.” JW — Whatmough encouraged the audience to read the town’s information on reclaimed water safety, which indicates that the water is safe. He also said the town should not take out the loan until there are enough customers signed up. • A chamber of commerce committee determined businesses are starting to look aged because town rules make renovation cost prohibitive. What would you do to remedy this situation? DH — “I think the town has a history of being unkind to anybody who comes in for a permit,” said Hershatter. He said the ratio of residential to commercial property is about right, but there should never be an obstacle to improving property. Town officials should remember they are servants, not masters, he said. PA — Arends said the town’s ordinances have done its residents a service. But the commercial property situation needs to be addressed, she said. One option is to employ a commercial overlay district, she suggested. She would evaluate each property’s needs individually, she said. RJ — Johnson said the zoning laws are managed well, but they do not always work for everyone. He said the Planning and Zoning Board is looking into the matter now. Businesses need to survive or everybody suffers, he said. “It’s a severe crisis.” Johnson said allowing businesses to have housing units above would not increase density much and might not be a bad idea. JW — “I consider this a front-burner item,” said Whatmough. The chamber’s report was beneficial, he said, and the Town Commission should find a resolution to the problem. • Instead of asking a question, Jim Durante suggested that

anyone who offers themselves as a candidate for commission is worthy of praise. A round of applause followed. Durante joked that the answer is to create two new commission seats, so all of the candidates could be on the board. After the question and answer period, candidates gave two-minute summations. The following is a brief summary of their closing statements. Jeremy Whatmough — Whatmough said he is a hard worker and would be committed to using that talent for the town. He said he stands for preserving the Key’s beaches, working on flooding issues and insuring taxpayers get the best value for their money. He concluded by telling the audience he is endorsed by the Public Interest Committee and Jim Brown’s Longboat Key News/Letter. Ron Johnson — Johnson used his time at the end of the forum to discuss the reclaimed water referendum. He said, “If we wait, we lose.” He warned that the Central Intelligence Agency predicts water wars in the Middle East in this century. He talked about lakes in the United States drying up and the drought in the Northeast. He concluded by urging the audience to study the matter carefully. Dick Hershatter — Hershatter said unlike his opponent, he is not out to solve all of the world’s problems. Hershatter called for more common sense and less extravagance. He said Johnson claimed to be the only positive candidate running for the at large seat. Hershatter said that is untrue. He said he thinks he can add positive thinking to the commission, in the areas such as labor relations and legal fees. Hershatter concluded by saying he fully expected to win because his opponent was endorsed by Al Green. He also commended his opponent for getting a free front page ad by accusing The Longboat Observer of being biased. Pat Arends — Arends said her experience, knowledge and commitment will serve the town well. She said a review of the town’s comprehensive plan is coming up and that process will require an experienced commissioner. She said she has been attending many county meetings because she feels the county’s decisions impact Longboat Key more frequently as it gets built out. Arends said she feels communicating with citizens is a very important part of a commissioner’s job and she would do so vigorously. Arends said because of her 25 years as a Longboat Key resident she certainly has a strong interest in the community and believes she would be an asset as a commissioner. ❑

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I really know our town. As a full-time resident for over 25 years, 15 as your Town Clerk, I have a solid grasp of our town’s operations and budget process, the Town Charter, our Code of Ordinances and our Comprehensive Plan. I am current on the major issues facing our town.

Commitment My husband, Dutch, and I actively participate in Longboat Key civic and community organizations and activities. I am also a member of: • Board of the League of Women Voters. • Manatee Commission on the Status of Women, Chairman • Manatee County Commission’s Citizen Advisory Board • Manasota MENSA; UNIFEM of Sarasota-Manatee United Nations Association • Served as President of the Florida Association of City Clerks • Served as Steering Committee Chairman for the Institute of Government, Manatee Community College

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Cops’ Corner The following reports are actual reports compiled by the Longboat Key Police Department. They are all answered and dealt with by members of the department or referred to others for action.

March 1 6:45 a.m. — 6200 block Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Code enforcement. Watering violation. Warned. 6:49 a.m. — 500 block Spinnaker Lane. Natural Death. Police found Herbert Jacob, 77, dead of natural causes. 11:28 a.m. — 500 block Yawl Lane. Property missing. Police learned subject’s caretaker had subject’s credit card without subject’s permission. Caretaker promised to give it back. 2:09 p.m. — 1100 block GMD. Property found. Subjects found a Connecticut driver’s license and gave it to police. 3:10 p.m. — 200 block Sands Point Road. Property damage. As subject opened car door the wind took it and slammed it into the next car, causing dents to both vehicles. 3:12 p.m. — 500 block Cutter Lane. Public service. Subject got off the bus at the wrong stop and got lost. Police helped her


NEWS find her way home. 3:32 p.m. — 4000 block GMD. Property damage. Subject opened car door and a gust of wind blew it wide open, scratching a nearby BMW. 5:56 p.m. — 500 block Cutter Lane. Disturbance. Subject took out a video camera to tape a neighbor crouching in the street. Neighbor then swore and threatened to perform a colonoscopy on subject. Police will file charges of breach of peace in this ongoing neighborhood dispute. 6:36 p.m. — 3800 block GMD. Traffic accident. Subject hit a car while going around a stopped vehicle. Cited. 9:30 p.m. — 1600 block GMD. Property lost. Subject is missing jewelry worth $2,700 from a hotel room.

March 2 6:45 a.m. — 6200 block GMD. Code enforcement. Watering violation. Warned. 9:01 a.m. — 1 GMD. Traffic violation. Subject cited for not registering his new boat. Subject accused officer of harassment. Officer let subject go and then caught up to him again 31 minutes later, to cite him for speeding in a no-wake zone. 9:52 p.m. — 2000 block Harbourside Drive. Public service. Two subjects spotted man walking in middle of road in robe and slippers. Police could not locate man.

March 3 2:29 a.m. — 7000 block GMD. DUI. Police arrested Phillip J. Picciotti, 54, of Bradenton, for driving under the influence of

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alcohol after he swerved to avoid hitting a police car. 9:50 a.m. — 700 block Broadway. Traffic accident. Subject’s car dented mysteriously. 11:16 a.m. — 700 block Broadway. Disturbance. Subject became upset after being fired and was told not to return.

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was severed and repaired by contractor. 3:49 p.m. — 4000 block GMD. Property lost. Subject said a 2-pound dog was stolen from her car.

March 5 9:54 a.m. — 6000 block GMD. Traffic violation. Subject arrested for putting another vehicle’s tag on his truck. 12:35 p.m. — GMD at Channel Lane. Traffic accident. Subject rear ended a vehicle.


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11:10 a.m. — 5300 block GMD. Suspicious person. Police looked for a woman who looked confused. They could not locate her. 1:03 p.m. — 200 block GMD. Property damage. Subject said his truck was backed into. 10:18 p.m. — 3000 block GMD. Disturbance. Married subjects argued and one called police, who made sure nobody was hurt. 11:12 p.m. — 2100 block GMD. Suspicious vehicle. Police searched fruitlessly for driver who appeared to be “casing” a condo.

March 7 2:44 a.m. — 3100 block GMD. Traffic violation. Police found marijuana on a driver with red eyes. Arrested. ❑

Police put prostitute out of business BY SHAY SULLIVAN


City Editor

Police happened upon what they believed to be a prostitute plying her trade in a car parked behind Buttonwood Plaza at 5:11 a.m. March 10. Police said they found Craig Ruch, 34, Sarasota, in a Ford Explorer with a woman in her underwear. Nearby, police said they found a man who was keeping watch over the woman. Upon searching the couple, police found two crack pipes and a small amount of marijuana. Police said Ruch apparently met the woman in Bradenton at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Cortez. The third individual had come along “for protection,” police determined. Police gave the woman a notice to appear in court for possession of the drugs and paraphernalia. Ruch was released and drove home. The woman and her “guard” called a cab, which only took them after the man showed cash. Later, Sarasota police called Longboat Key police to get the name of the protective man, who jumped out of the cab and left the woman stranded without money. ❑

St. Patrick’s Day festivities St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday, March 17, but the Lynch sisters, Chris and Ethna, are starting the celebration at Lynches Landing at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14. Festivities will continue on Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16. Irish musicians Patsy and Majella will play each night and on Saturday, they will be joined by authentic bagpipers. Sunday the celebration will begin at noon and continue “until the last drunk is thrown out,” as the sisters like to say. Irish step dancers will join the bagpipers and Patsy and Majella on Sunday. There will be, as usual, “all the corned beef you can eat and all the green beer you can drink.” The sisters add, “Everyone’s welcome. You don’t need to be Irish to celebrate.” To accommodate the celebrants, a tent is put adjacent to the restaurant. Parking will be at a premium, so come early. Anna Maria will celebrate the green, as well. The fourth annual Bistro to Bistro St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place on Anna Maria Island on Sunday, March 17. Sponsored by the Beach Bistro and Island’s End restaurants, the parade will step off at 3 p.m. heading west on 57th Street. It will proceed north on Gulf Drive to Pine Avenue. At the Island’s End restaurant parking area there will be a refreshment tent. Proceeds will benefit the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Pat Geyer of Duffy’s Tavern will be the parade queen. Taking part will be Southeast High’s School’s marching band and the string section of the Manatee High School Orchestra. Anyone wishing to join the parade or for more information, can call 778-6444 or 779-2444.

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BAY ISLES FINEST Gorgeous Mediterranean w/ contemporary flair. Four ensuite BRs, family room, wine cellar, office & deck w/ spa overlooking pool. Designer furnishings & boat negotiable. $2,995,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #210360

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Living thin, living young

Free yourself from ‘stinking thinking’ Last month’s column was about pinpointing the habits that create the problems of being overweight. My Living Thin program is individualized, helping each student to be in charge by finding his or her own “intelligent solution.” The subject this month: the fine art of thinking rationally. I base what I teach on the philosophy of Dr. Albert Ellis, whose work is taught in institutes and private practices throughout the world. He and his protegees have taught millions that they can learn to be in charge of their own emotional, psychological and physical health using Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). Ellis says that most people are born with a natural affinity for “stinking thinking” — that we upset ourselves with our “shoulds,” “musts” and “oughts,” and that we make unreasonable demands on ourselves, others and the world because of our tendency to

think irrationally. However, we can get rid of the garbage in our heads by learning to think rationally rather than irrationally. The goal is not to get rid of our emotions but to diffuse the intensity of our feelings so we can think logically. Often the degree or intensity of our excessive emotionalizing interferes with clear thinking. This is especially true for controlling personalities. We have learned from scientists that how we manage stress has a lot to do with how healthy we will be as we age, because stress can cause, contribute to, and/or worsen a variety of conditions, many quite serious. REBT is one of the most effective tools for managing stress whether you are a teen, a parent or a grandparent, whether you are single, married, divorce or widowed, whether you are overweight or not.

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Conversely, you will gain one pound for every additional 3,500 calories you consume. Sorry those are the rules.” So, you can see the problem with grandiosity and entitlement. There are no special rules. Elizabeth Taylor has the same problem with her weight but she can’t get the universe to make special exceptions for her. It doesn’t matter if it’s Queen Elizabeth, the lady down the street or you. That brings us to the subject of next month’s column, “Playing by the Rules — Counting Calories the Living Thin Way.”


over his or her emotional responses has a lot to do with taking it off and keeping it off. Living Thin teaches overweight people to get the garbage out of their heads before they get the garbage off their plates. Learning the basics of REBT will help you achieve that goal. Here is a perfect example that demonstrates the stinking thinking I’m talking about. Shelly, a successful fashion consultant who was in my Living Thin program once said to me, “Sylvia, I’ve heard you over and over. But my idea of a good time is eating nachos and drinking beer when I go to the ballgame or having a few cocktails after golf.” I answered, “So, what do you want from me? It sounds as though you know how to have a good time. Enjoy.” She replied, “You know what I want. I want to lose weight.” To which I answered, “I have told you repeatedly that weight loss is scientific. It has absolutely nothing to do with me or with you. When you consume 3,500 fewer calories than you need to keep your weight as it is, you will automatically drop a pound.



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Health Clinic — checking of cholesterol levels and testing for osteoporosis will be conducted by the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. Each test is $25 or $30. Details, 387-9880.

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Health Happenings Stress, Anxiety and Depression in Senior Adults Lecture — with speaker Scott Artigue, L.C.S.W., will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. RSVP, 888-685-1596.

Shoulder Screening — with William Bennett, M.D., will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Sarasota Medical Centre. RSVP, 888-685-1596. Better Breathing Program — “Stress,

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Anxiety and Depression in Senior Adults” with speaker Scott Artigue, will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Free. Information, 342-8080.

Second Community Caregiving Forum — will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Senior Friendship Center, Sarasota. Gary Barg, “Today’s Caregiver” magazine editor, will be the featured speaker. Information, 917-1779. Smoking Cessation Program — will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 16, at Doctor’s Hospital Sarasota. Fee is $55. Information, 800-848-2822. Weight Reduction Program — will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Doctor’s Hospital Sarasota. Fee is $55. Information, 800-848-2822. Clean Air Bike Ride — to benefit the American Lung Association, will be held Saturday, March 16, starting from the Ridge Manor Head of the Withlacoochee State Trail and winding through Pasco, Hernando and Citrucs counties. Riders may start between 7 and 9 a.m. Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. Registration, 727-347-6133 or 800-771-5863. Mind, Body and Spirit Expo — will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Manatee Convention and Civic Center. Information, 927-0692. “Freedom From Smoking” Clinics — offered by the American Lung Association of Gulfcoast Florida in two, eight-group sessions. The first session starts at 7:30 a.m. and the second at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Information, 377-5864 or 800-771-5862. “Communications ... The Art of Appreciative Listening” — Maran Schucter, LCSW from Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Sarasota-Manatee Inc., will present information on new hearing aid technologies, coping skills and recent developments in medical treatments and procedures for those with hearing loss from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Selby Public Library. Free. 954-6927. Knee Screening — with William Bennett, M.D., will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday,

THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER March 21, at Sarasota Medical Centre. RSVP, 888-685-1596. Blood Drive — will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Anna Maria Community Center. Sandee, 778-1908.

Hearing Screening — will be conducted by the Deaf Service Center Manatee/Sarasota Inc. from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 21, at 7254 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Free. Information, 921-5447. Better Breathing Program — “Nutrition for Lung Disease Patients” with speaker Kathy Watson, R.D., will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Manatee Memorial Hospital. Free. Information, 745-7554. Spiritual Benefit of Professional Counseling Class — will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Charis Center. Cost is $20. Registration, 378-1549. Better Breathing Cruise — along Sarasota Bay for area lung disease patients will be hosted by the American Lung Association from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 22. Cost is $10. Information, 377-5664. “Walk to Cure Diabetes” — hosted by the Sarasota-Manatee Branch of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, will be held Saturday, March 23, at Siesta Key Beach. Check-in is at 8 a.m., walk is at 9:30 a.m. Shannon Day, 906-8900. Mental Health & Substance Abuse Screenings — are offered by the Sarasota Memorial’s Bayside Center for Behavioral Health 24 hours a day, daily, at 1625 S. Osprey Ave. Free. Call 917-7760. Heart Failure Education Clinics — will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital Community Education Room. Free. RSVP, 917-7777. Comprehensive Blood Screenings — will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Cost is $40 and includes one-year Senior Friends membership and the following blood tests: CBC, CHEM 23, Coronary Risk Profile, B-12 Foliate, and PSA (males only). Fasting is required after midnight. Reservations required. Information, 1800-257-0944. ❑


Democratic Primary Candidate for the U.S. Congress House of Representatives Jan Schneider is a declared candidate to run in the Democratic Primary Election on September 10th. If she wins, Ms. Schneider will, in all likelihood, oppose Katherine Harris for this House seat.

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Town of Longboat Key General Election MARCH 19, 2002 • SARASOTA COUNTY, FLORIDA

This sample ballot was prepared in accordance with F.S. 101.20 by the office of Kathy Dent, Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections ➣ Polls are open from 7am to 7 pm. You must vote in the precinct where you live. ➣ Polling place, precinct and district information can be found on your voter ID card. ➣ Picture ID and signature ID required. (See “Special Information”) ➣ If you need assistance at the polls, please ask a Poll Worker to help you. ➣ Follow posted instuctions when making your selection(s). ➣ To request an absentee ballot call 861-8600. ➣ For voter information, call 861-8600 or visit our website at

Special Information Florida Law now requires voters to show picture, as well as signature ID. Please be prepared to present your Florida Driver’s license or some form of picture ID. If you appear at the polls without picture ID, you will be required to complete an affirmation, and you may be delayed.

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Norman Stewart with model boat “Port Medway” BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor

Handknit sweaters and afghans, bead and shell jewelry, floral notecards, model boats and pastoral paintings were among the many items for sale at Gulfshore of Longboat Key’s annual hobby sale March 9. There was also a bakedgoods table and breakfast was available.

TOWN OF LONGBOAT KEY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 5 (Vote for ONE) Pat Arends Jeremy Whatmough COMMISSIONER AT-LARGE (Vote for ONE) Ron Johnson Richard L. Hershatter CHARTER AMENDMENT Shall the Charter of the Town of Longboat Key be amended to provide for annual compensation of $4,800.00 for each Town Commissioner duly elected by the qualified electors of the Town of Longboat Key?


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Residents of Spanish Main held an informal luncheon followed by a home tour. Chairman Patty Buck said 160 residents and guests attended the March 6 event. Eight homes were open for the tour. Golf carts and chauffeured cars were available for participants who chose not to walk the tour. Funds raised will be used to replace clubhouse tables with new round tables.

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OFFICIAL SAMPLE BALLOT Sarasota County School District Ad Valorem Millage Election And Town of Longboat Key General Election MARCH 19, 2002 • SARASOTA COUNTY, FLORIDA This sample ballot was prepared in accordance with F.S. 101.20 by the office of Kathy Dent, Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections ➣ Polls are open from 7am to 7 pm. You must vote in the precinct where Special Information you live. Florida Law now requires voters to ➣ Polling place, precinct and district information can be found on your show picture, as well as signature ID. voter ID card. Please be prepared to present your ➣ Picture ID and signature ID required. (See “Special Information”) Florida Driver’s license or some form ➣ If you need assistance at the polls, please ask a Poll Worker to help you. of picture ID. If you appear at the ➣ Follow posted instuctions when making your selection(s). polls without picture ID, you will be ➣ To request an absentee ballot call 861-8600. required to complete an affirmation, and you may be delayed. ➣ For voter information, call 861-8600 or visit our website at


Peg Rugen, Hemma Fraser and Jean Guion

Shall the Sarasota County School District ad valorem millage be increased 1.00 mill per year for the fiscal years beginning July 1, 2002 and ending June 30, 2006 for operating expenses necessary to maintain the excellent quality of Sarasota County’s public school system? YES, I support a millage increase for Sarasota County Schools NO, I am against a millage increase for Sarasota County Schools TOWN OF LONGBOAT KEY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 5 (Vote for ONE) Pat Arends Jeremy Whatmough COMMISSIONER AT-LARGE (Vote for ONE) Ron Johnson

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Richard L. Hershatter CHARTER AMENDMENT Shall the Charter of the Town of Longboat Key be amended to provide for annual compensation of $4,800.00 for each Town Commissioner duly elected by the qualified electors of the Town of Longboat Key? FOR AGAINST BOND REFERENDUM TWENTY-EIGHT MILLION TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND AND NO/100 DOLLARS ($28,200,000.00) RECLAIMED WATER SYSTEM GENERAL OBLIGATION AND/OR REVENUE BONDS Shall the Town of Longboat Key finance a reclaimed water system, including transmission pipelines, storage, pumping and related facilities, to serve the Town by issuing not exceeding $28,200,000.00 in bonds pledging the Town’s full faith, credit and unlimited taxing power and/or utility system revenues or other revenues, maturing in 30 or less annual installments, bearing interest not exceeding the maximum legal rate when sold, all pursuant to Resolution 01-13 of the Town? Yes - For Bonds No - Against Bonds Paid polictical advertisement





From the pulpit

Israel never loses hope The English poet, Alexander Pope wrote: “Hope springs eternal in the human breast ...” He must be correct; that is the only explanation that I have for what I saw in Israel, just this past week. I write these words on the morning after my return from attending the annual convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Each seventh year, we are committed to holding our convention in Israel. This year, in particular, we had no idea as to whether our members would attend. In fact, the initial response was weak. Yet, as the news of violence continued, indeed, as it grew worse, an

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amazing thing happened. Registration started to grow. In the end, 250 rabbis and many spouses registered and attended. It was not only a decision to stand up and be counted at a time when Israel needs support, but it was a statement of hope for a peaceful future. I really can’t avoid that theme of hope. Our convention consisted of many different programmatic “tracks.” But whichever one we chose: from text study to the “Examination of Modern Israeli Social Problems,” each one only made sense when we viewed it through the prism of Israel’s future. Every night, and every day, we heard reports of another Palestinian suicide bomber wreaking havoc in human life, trying to bring about the destruction of the state of Israel, yet there we were, learning about Israel’s efforts to extend the benefits of its already overburdened health care system to foreign workers residing within the Jewish state. Each day, we watched CNN interviewing the persons who excoriate Israel for defending itself against the terror that we witnessed with our own eyes, and then we went to see Israeli kindergarten classes of Arab and Israeli children being team-taught by Arab and Israeli teachers in both the Arabic and Hebrew languages. I know that no such parallel

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exists anywhere in the Arab world. I also know that the beautiful story about peace and love for each other is not a story that is taught in the schools set up by the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. Hope simply refuses to die in Israel. As it turned out, I met many of the same persons on the return flight with whom I had flown to Israel. There were several Christian groups, including a group of Apache Indians from Arizona. They were all traveling with their pastors, visiting Christian and Jewish holy sites. When I inquired how their tours had been, their responses were universal. Of course, they were thrilled to have been in all the sites so holy in their beliefs, but they were also overwhelmed by the spirit within Israel. Yes, Israelis are depressed over this long nightmare of the intifada. All the blood that has been spilled affects every family. If a family has not lost someone, itself, then surely, they know another family that has had someone killed or maimed. But they do not lose hope. Every Israeli knows and understands that they are living as part of the great miracle of hope. They understand that in them is fulfilled the ancient hopes and prayers for the Restoration of Zion. They cannot let the light of hope gutter and die in the winds of hate that surround them. They continue to hope and to soldier on. They have no alternative. Michael Eisenstat is rabbi at Temple Beth Israel.


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Thomas E. Brown Thomas E. “Tom” Brown, 83, of Bradenton and formerly of Longboat Key, died March 4. He was born March 22, 1918, in Detroit, and came to Manatee County from Longboat Key in 1983. An Antioch College graduate, he retired as a certified public accountant and was the first controller of Ford Motor Credit Corp. He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II. He also was a member of Plum Hollow Golf and Country Club is Southfield, Mich. He attended North Brook Presbyterian Church. His survivors include his wife, Mary; sons, Thomas E. Jr. of Bloomsfield Hills, Mich., and Charles W. “Charley” of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.; and three grandchildren.

Services All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, will offer Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday. Holy Eucharist and Healing will also be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The Lenten Bible Study is held at 4 p.m. Wednesdays through March 20. Acting Rector Rev. Downs Spitler will officiate. 383-8161. St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, will hold a contemporary worship service at 9 a.m. and a traditional service at 11 a.m. Sunday. Youth and Adult Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Eric P. Wogen will officiate. 388-1234. St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Saturday Mass at 4:30 and at 6 p.m. and Sunday Mass at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Daily Masses are held at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. 383-1255.

Griffith-Cline Funeral Homes, Cortez Road Chapel, was in charge of the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kind Foundation, P.O. Box 32934, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420.

Claude Edgar Kilday Claude Edgar Kilday, 86, Sarasota, died Feb. 12. He was born Dec. 3, 1915, in Greenville, Tenn., and came to Sarasota in 1965 from Gaithersburg, Md. He retired as a teaching professional at Longboat Beach & Tennis Club. He was a leading contender for the decathlon event in the 1940 Summer Olympics in Berlin. The event was cancelled because of World War II. He graduated from Occidental College and George Washington University. He was also in the Occidental Hall of Fame. He was a Navy veteran in World War II, serving in the submarine service in the South Pacific and in Australia. His survivors include his wife, Evangeline; a stepdaughter, Connie Edwards of Bradenton; stepsons, John D. VanEtten of Bradenton, and Richard D. VanEtten of Maui,

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Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, will honor new temple members at an 8 p.m. Friday Shabbat Service; it will be followed by an Oneg Shabbat. Saturday Shabbat Service is at 10 a.m. The Rabbi Michael Eisenstat will officiate at both services assisted by Joseph Spinella, cantorial soloist/music director, and on Friday by the Temple Beth Israel Choir. 383-3428. The Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Worship services are at 9 a.m. (informal) and 11 a.m. (traditional) Sunday. Sunday Services will feature Bishop Henry Porter and the Westcoast Gospels Chorus of Florida. The Rev. Kenneth Gill will officiate. 383-6491.

Hawaii; brother, Robert of LaQuinta, Calif.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Services were private. Burial was held in the Palms Memorial Park. Palms Funeral Home was in charge. Memorial donations may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 1250 Hylan Blvd, Suite 4B, Staten Island, NY 10305.

Wanda Piekos Wanda Piekos, 81, of Longboat Key, died March 6. She was born Jan. 5, 1924, in Floral Park, N.Y., and came to Longboat Key in 1989. She was a retired office manager and a active member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Her survivors include her husband, Walter; daughter, Barbara Muzin of Norwalk, Conn.; two sons, Richard of Blue Point, N.Y., and Christopher of Kirkland, Wash.; and four grandchildren. A memorial service was held March 8 at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity.

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Bargain hunters were out early and in large numbers at the Longboat Island Chapel’s annual Spring Sale which took place Saturday, March 9 at the chapel. Shoppers found several tables of household items, an assortment of clothing, books, and a boutique of gift items. Breakfast and a Soppy Joe sandwich lunch was served. Proceeds will be distributed to a variety of community outreach programs.

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Town Commissioners want the sum of $33,600 to divide among themselves, for what has been an honorary position. The voters rejected a similar demand several years ago. Now they claim kinship to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and claim that $33,600 is “a mere pittance”. (Letter to The Longboat Observer on January 17th.) Had enough arrogance? Vote NO on March 19th, and

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In 1951, 1st Lt. Aaron Cushman, right, was on duty with the Strategic Air Command in Omaha, Neb. they found newly released French troops. The men were packed into the B-17s to be flown home. “Pandemonium broke out as soon as we crossed the French border,” he said. “They hugged and kissed us and cried with happiness. We landed at Chateau-dun. I can close my eyes today and still see the sight of hundreds of Frenchmen kissing the ground as we roared down the runway heading home.” Discharged in October 1945, in a weak moment, Cushman signed up for the reserves and in September 1950 was called up for active duty. Assigned to the Strategic Air Command on public relations duty, Cushman worked with famed Life Magazine photographer Margaret Bourke-White and guided the late legendary entertainer Arthur Godfrey on a tour of SAC bases. After serving his country, Cushman returned to Chicago and continued to build his public relations company. By the 1990s, it was the 25th largest in the country. He first came to Longboat Key in 1959 while working with the late Bill Veeck, president of the Chicago White Sox. Cushman later became part owner of the ball club. Cushman rented “all over the Key” and became a resident of Grand Bay six years ago. An avid tennis player, he is affiliated with the Longboat Key Club Tennis Association and plays on three teams, the 60s, 70s and 75s. Cushman has just completed a book, “Passion For Winning,” a portion of which deals in part with his public relations career. Terrorism: “I was in Bermuda on Sept.11,” Cushman recalled. “Initially the report was that it was an accident. Ten minutes later we knew it was no accident. I was fiercely angry that anyone could kill innocent people like that.” Patriotism: “By nature I am patriotic,” he said. “I have been known to cry when “The Star Spangled Banner” is played. I still wonder why during the war, that people around me didn’t come back but I did. All those good young men gone. War is awful.”

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Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force Theater: European and Korea Outfit: WW II: 8th Air Force, 351st Bomb Group; Korea: Strategic Air Command, 97th Bomb Group. Rank: Captain Specialty: Pilot Time Served: May 1943 to October 1945; Sept. 1950 to March 1952. Honors: Two air medals and a presidential unit citation. Service: Cushman was a sophomore at the University of Illinois when he enlisted. “I hated what was going on in Europe,” Cushman recalled. “I thought I would like flying and I didn’t want to be in the infantry. So I enlisted in the Air Force. Everybody including me wanted to be a fighter pilot but my training was in the four-engine B-17s.” After a year’s training, pilot Cushman and his crew of 10 men took off in a B-17 headed for Europe. From Polebrook in England, Cushman and his crew flew 12 missions over Berlin and Munich, an industrial area in Germany. “We were shot up several times and one time barely made it back coming in on two engines,’’ Cushman said. Cushman recalled the monthly celebration at the base, “We saved our Scotch rations and each month, all of us who were still alive, had a party.” The mission Cushman recalls most vividly occurred in late April 1945. “We were awakened very early but told nothing,” he said. “The ball turrets were removed from the planes, no bombs were loaded and we were to choose our own altitude and fly individually, not in formation.” To Cushman, who was used to flying at 19,000 feet or more, it was an open invitation to take a close look at damage the war had done to German cities and “have some fun.” “We flew 100 feet over the waves in the English Channel and I can still see the face of a French cyclist who turned to see our four props bearing down on him,” Cushman remembered. Cushman, just 20, recalls he flew under a suspension bridge over the Rhine “just for the fun of it.” After arriving at the German air base

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MARCH 14, 2002

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It was standing room only at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Grand Ballroom March 10 as 439 guests honored Alice Taich and Nikki Nilon at the Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Sarasota-Manatee Inc. tribute dinner. Taich of Longboat Key became involved with the agency in 1990 as Temple Beth Israel’s representative to the Russian Resettlement program. She served as president from 1996-98 during which time the first capital campaign was initiated. Her dream of a permanent home for the agency became a reality in 1999. During the dinner, Taich was also awarded the first annual Sidney J. Berkowitz award for continued outstanding volunteer service. Nilon and her husband, Jim, an ordained priest of the Charismatic Episcopal Church, operate Throne of Grace Parish and Ministry in the Rosemary District in Sarasota. Their special focus is caring for the homeless and drug and alcohol addicts. Prior to locating in Sarasota, Nilon was involved in numerous Jewish activities in the Chicago area. Serving the community as a lay leader, Nilon is on the board of directors of the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation, Girls Inc. and serves on the Temple Sinai building committee. Chairmen of the Tribute Dinner were Harriet and Edward Schaye.

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A MESSAGE FROM THE LONGBOAT KEY TOWN COMMISSION On March 19th the voters in the Town will have the opportunity to vote on a referendum for a project to bring 2.5 million gallons per day of reclaimed water to Longboat Key to be used for irrigation. The Town Commission urges you to research this issue thoroughly before you vote. In this regard we are presenting you with questions that are currently being asked at the Town’s water presentations. Q.

Is Longboat Key the only community experiencing water problems?

No. Water is one of the most significant issues being faced by government officials at the local, state and national levels.


The earliest would be sometime in 2005. Q.

If I am not a user of the reclaimed water, will I be required to pay for it?

It is the policy of this Commission that reclaimed water users will pay all the costs associated with debt service, reclaimed water purchase, and operation and maintenance of the system. If you don’t use the water, you will not be required to pay for it. Q. How will we know there will be enough users to pay all the costs of the system? The Town Commission will not authorize construction of the project until an adequate number of users have binding commitments with the Town to insure the costs for the reclaimed water program will be recovered. Q. Has the Town considered using reverse osmosis (R/O)? Yes. Reverse osmosis (or desalinization) is a process that takes water that is high in chlorides and total dissolved solids and produces very high quality water. It also produces an equal quantity of a byproduct called brine that must be disposed of as industrial waste. R/O systems typically have a high operation and maintenance cost associated with them. The combination of these factors makes it 2 ½ times more expensive to produce water through R/O than buying an equal volume of reclaimed water from the City of Sarasota.

Why is it important to act now?

The Town has very limited options in terms of water supply. Many of our wells are showing increased salt and TDS levels and we are currently taking the maximum amount of potable water allowed by our contract with Manatee County. As future water sources become limited or more restricted available reclaimed water supplies will be allocated to others. Regardless of what you have read this window of opportunity is limited. Q.


When will the reclaimed water be available?

Who will get the reclaimed water?

Because the Town will not be able to get enough reclaimed water to solve all of our irrigation problems the answer to this question is very complicated and difficult to answer definitively at this time. However, the Town intends to distribute the water based on the following principles: To the degree possible participation in the Town’s reclaimed water program will be on a voluntary basis. Use of the reclaimed water will be directed toward properties that use large quantities of potable (drinking) water for irrigation and communities that have the higher levels of chlorides and total dissolved solids in their irrigation wells. Q. Will bringing 2.5 million gallons of reclaimed water to Longboat Key solve our irrigation water problems? The reclaimed water will help by providing another source of irrigation water besides the wells and drinking water that we currently use. However, every community, condominium and single family home on Longboat Key needs to do a better job of managing our irrigation water resources. Water is not an unlimited resource and as a Town we use much more water than is needed to keep the Island green. Water conservation is just as important as finding new water sources to our future water supply on Longboat Key.

Communities such as Venice and Tampa that have or are installing R/O plants are doing so to produce drinking water. They also have aggressive programs to use reclaimed water for irrigation.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the reclaimed water program, go to the Town’s web site at or attend the information meeting hosted by the Town Manager at the SunTrust Bank Building at 510 Bay Isles Road at 2:00 PM on March 13th.

Q. Why is the Town considering allowing the City of Sarasota to use our line to deliver water to Bird Key, St. Armand’s and Lido at no cost to them?

Please research the issue of reclaimed water carefully and remember to vote on March 19th.

There are two points to this. The first is that the City of Sarasota is under no obligation to provide Longboat Key with reclaimed water. They are considering doing so only because we are willing to defray the cost of serving some of their customers in return for providing us with a reclaimed water supply.

Respectfully submitted,

The second point is that there is no cost to the Town to provide that service. If the City of Sarasota decides they don’t want to use our line to service those customers but would still sell us the reclaimed water the Town would build the same 24” supply line, along the same route, at the same cost.

John Redgrave, Vice Mayor


Hal Lenobel, Commissioner

If I don’t intend to be one of the parties that use the water should I vote no?

Surely if you have strong concerns about the project you might want to consider voting against it. However, the referendum must pass on March 19th to make reclaimed water available to property owners that need, want, and are willing to pay to bring it to the Island.

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Cà d’Zan restoration celebrations Dinner with John and Mable When: 6 p.m. Saturday,April 11 Where: Ringling Museum of Art Cà d’Zan Celebrazione When: 5:30 p.m. Friday,April 19 Where: Ringling Museum of Art The events Be among the first to view John and Mable Ringling’s newly restored mansion, Cà d’Zan, at two events in April. On Thursday, April 11, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art will host a “Dinner with John and Mable.” This special six-hour celebration will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a tour of the mansion. The tour will be followed by a gourmet dinner, catered by Michael’s On East, and dancing on the main level. Seating for this exclusive evening — tickets are $1,000 — is limited to 200 guests. Guests may come dressed in traditional black-tie or 1920s attire. Cà d’Zan Celebrazione will follow a week later, Friday, April 19. The reopening celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the terrace, and with tours of the renovated historical building. An hour later, at 6:30 p.m., a trolley will pick up the guests and transport them to the museum’s courtyard for circus entertainment, dinner and dancing to the beats of “Shaman.” Dancing will continue until midnight. Dinner, served at 7:45 p.m., will be catered by Michael’s on East and wines will be provided by Flanagan’s Wine Market. A decadent dessert bar will open at 9 p.m. This evening comes in two packages. The tickets for the entire black-tie evening are $250 for guests; $500 for patrons; $2,500 for Silver patron/sponsor; $5,000 for Gold

patron/sponsor; and $10,000 for Platinum patron/sponsor. Festa Sera is the second package. A second tier ticket at $75 includes entertainment from 8 p.m. Guests will catch the trolley to Cà d’Zan for a tour of the house. At 9:15 p.m. they will join the rest of the guests for entertainment, dancing and the dessert bar. On a similar note, a lecture and book signing with John Loring, director of design for Tiffany & Co., will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 18, on the center ring stage at the Museum of the Circus. Artist and author, Loring wrote several books on the legacy of America’s most prestigious jeweler. This program offers a preview of the Tiffany designs selected by Mable Ringling for the Cà d’Zan. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. To RSVP, call 373-7801.

The committee Honorary Chair is Sen. John McKay. Michael Saunders and James S. Barnett are honorary co-chairs. Roy and Susan Palmer and Bob and Diane Roskamp are co-chairing both fund-raisers. The steering committee includes Carol Angelotti, Kacy Carla Bennington, Marlene Blalock, Susan Brainerd, Nancy Cook, Lee DeGroft, Betty Doss, Beathe Elden, Koni Findlay, John Griggs, Kay Heller, Connie Holcomb, Linda Hutchinson, Unni Kaltenbacher, John Karl, Jaymie Klauber, Julia McClung, Betty Menell, Diana Michel, Ed Newman, Helene Noble,

The Cà d’Zan committee members preview the newly-restored Cà d’Zan. Lee Peterson, Pedro Reis, Ray and Betty Sandhagen, Sally Schule, Tom Stanley, Iris Starr, Bettina von Walhof, Janet Huey Walter, Susan Weinkle, Stevie Wilberding and Jo Ann Wolverton.

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Sunday, March 24 Noon - 5 PM Shuttle service begins at 1 PM Sunday


Free Parking & Continuous Trolley Service from Longboat Island Chapel

Event: Carrotcakes Place: Michael’s On East

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Date: Friday, March 8

Over 80 Artists & Craftsmen

Chair: Sandy Mazzarantani

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MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2 & 8 P.M.

The Irish Rovers Clap your hands, stomp your feet and revel in feeling Irish with the Rovers.

Tickets: $30, $25, $20

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Lara St. John, violin At Holley Hall, Beatrice Friedman Center Canadian born, St. John has performed as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Toronto Symphony and has given recitals around the world.

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The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra One of the best swing bands of yesterday, today and tomorrow, conducted by Buddy Morrow.

All Tickets: $20


Three Mo’ Tenors Versatility is the highlight of the evening when the Three Mo’ Tenors hit those high C’s in Opera, belt out bend and scat notes in jazz and stir your soul with haunting Gospel spirituals!

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noon at the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium. Tickets are $25. Information, 748-5555, Ext. 243.

14 Carrabba’s Italian Grill Charity Luncheon, benefiting All Children’s Hospital Guild of Sarasota, will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 5425 University Parkway. It is chaired by Lucia Barrett, Renee Hamad and Patricia Welch. Cost is $15. Details: 923-2015 or

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Annual New York Theatre Tour will be hosted by the Asolo Theatre Guild to benefit the Access to the Arts program. Guests will see three plays and also visit Ground Zero. Tickets are $1,895. Details: 928-5770 or 951-1801.

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22 15 “A Roman Holiday,” third annual Goodwill Foundation Gala, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Michael’s On East. It is chaired by Betty Schoenbaum and Bill and Christine Isaac. Tickets are $150. Details: 955-4483 or


17 PolO-D-A, benefiting The Out-of-Door Academy, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Polo Club. It is chaired by Deb Ferro and Mary Virginia Nugent. Tickets are $10 or $150 for a table of eight. Details: 3493223, Ext. 3058, or

23 The Flight of Hope 2002 — Fantasy of Flight, benefiting The Wellness Community, will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Dolphin Aviation. It is chaired by Jo Ann Wolverton. Tickets are $150, $250 and $500. Details: 921-5539. Centennial Ball, hosted by the Junior League of Sarasota Inc., will be held at 6:30 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. It is chaired by Julie Riddell. Tickets start at $175. Details: 953-5600, 366-1300 or Cardinal Mooney High’s 29th Annual Dinner Auction will be held at 6:30 p.m. at St. Thomas More’s Chelsea Center. It is chaired by Chris Hassler, Janet Moore and Carol Horan. Tickets are $65. Details: 379-2647.

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24 ArtWORKS for Dreams Silent Art Auction and Exhibition, benefiting the Foundation for Dreams, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Crosley Estates. Tickets are $125. Details: 7488809.

25 2002 Season Curtain Closer, benefiting the Sarasota Opera, will be held at 6 p.m. at Bird Key Yacht Club. It is chaired by Betsy Hinrichs and Rachele Rivolta. Tickets are $125. Details: 366-8450, Ext. 246, or

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27 Town Hall Today 2002 Lecture Series featuring Dr. Gregory Stock, hosted by the Ringling School Library Association, will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Tickets are $30. Details: 724-5463 or ❑

To send us your event or to update an event already listed on the calendar, e-mail Lusya Sullivan at, call her at 383-5509, Ext. 32, or Fax her at 383-7193.

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18 36th Annual Dinner, Our Family of Choice Event, hosted by the Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida Inc., will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Michael’s On East. Tickets are $75. Details: 365-3913.

An Evening at the Avant Garde: Dreams & Legends, benefiting the Ringling School of Art & Design Student Scholarship Fund, will be held at 7 p.m. at Ringling School of Art and Design. A patrons-only preview party will be at 6 p.m. Tickets are $125 and $250. Details: 359-7652 or Patron Party for April 12th SPARCC Party will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Queens’ Wreath Jewels, St. Armands Circle. Free. Details: 9252700, FAX 925-3700 or


International Women’s Day Luncheon, hosted by the UNIFEM/USA, will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Michael’s On East. Cost is $30. Details:, 924-2495 or 9540237. Ninth Annual Celebration of Imagination Children’s Art Auction, hosted by the Justin Lee Wiesner Early Childhood Learning Center and Goldie Feldman Academy of the Temple Beth Sholom schools, will be held at 7 p.m. at Madeline Sainer Social Hall, Temple Beth Sholom. It is chaired by Gisele Pintchuck. Tickets are $75. Details: 954-2027. A St. Patrick’s Celebration, benefiting St. Joseph Catholic School, will be hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Owen McCarthy from 7:30 p.m. to midnight at 6118 Riverview Blvd., Bradenton. Tickets are $75. Details: 748-4290. Fourth Annual Celebrity Waiters Dinner, benefiting the Mental Health Community Centers Inc., will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Village on the Isle, Venice. Cost is $50 per person or $450 for a table of 10. Details: 4964934.



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“When you take an object apart and put it back together what you find is not some anonymous thing but a person. We’re all proud to preserve the work of these individuals and give the people of Florida a chance to see it.” — Michelle Scalera Cà d’Zan chief conservator

Ferdinand Barbedienne’s clock — the past recaptured.

To turn back time ... Restoring the house that John built

The job had been done by an army of spe- his Napoleon console opposite his bed. cialists (some in lost and dying arts) both Crafted of onyx and gilded bronze, or hysicists speak of “time’s arrow.” The from around the world — and right here in “ormolu,” and with an enamel face, this depiction of Ariadne stands nearly 3 feet idea is that time moves in the direc- Sarasota whenever possible. “We did our best not to send all our busi- high. It’s easy to overlook the clock contion of decay. If you’re watching a movie of a rusting Cadillac and it gets ness outside Florida,” says McCarty. tained inside the object; it looks impressive “Fortunately we didn’t as a sculpture in its own right. worse, the movie’s going By the time the restorers got around to have to. We have so forward. If rust starts to many artistic and dedicat- it, it didn’t look like much. Smoke and salt heal, the movie’s runed people right here in air had darkened its golden skin; time had ning backward. Sarasota and the state. Cà stopped its works. Reversing time in the The museum’s conservation laboratory d’Zan is part of their comreal world is a little bit munity, it’s theirs in a way, painstakingly removed the layers of smoke harder than rewinding a and they’re committed to and grime from Ariadne’s fire-gilded gold film. finish with a custom solution. Joseph preserve it.” But that’s exactly Consider the case of Fannelli, a skilled area clocksmith, got the what’s been happening job of restoring its mechanism. He’s the Barbedienne clock. at the Cà d’Zan. Its sculpture casing was recently completed what amounts to 18 Completed in 1926, the work of Ferdinand hours of microsurgery on its 35 gossamer John and Mable Barbedienne, a 19th cen- mainsprings, wheels, gears and delicate Ringling’s Venetian style tury French artist; the escapements. All have been hand cleaned, mansion on Sarasota Cà d’Zan’s great hall: restoring mechanism it contained checked for metal fatigue, reassembled and Bay had been neglected greatness from the inside out. was the creation of an as- tested. “All the parts were original,” he for years. Since 1994, a team of conservators and restorers have yet unidentified artisan. John Ringling had says. “We never replace a part unless it’s fought to turn back the hands of time on bought it about a decade before he built Cà missing altogether. If it’s worn we build it its deterioration. Decay is easy; all you d’Zan. While the clock was probably post- up.” have to do is let it happen. Reversing Napoleonic, this didn’t stop the circus decay takes time, talent and money — an magnate from putting it on the mantel of CONTINUED ON PAGE 12B estimated $16 million in this case. The money’s been spent, the work nearly done, and reopening set for April 27. So what does the taxpaying public get for the money? I was privileged to get a preview by sitting in at a training class for volunteer tour guides on Feb. 21. Michelle Scalera, the Cà d’Zan’s chief conservator, gave a slide presentation on the befores and afters of the restoration, including decorative arts, furniture and structural work on the building itself. Ron McCarty, the Cà d’Zan registrar, gave a show-and-tell using some of the restored objects themselves. The results were impressive. The darkened walls were gilded again; tattered furniture had been made whole; rare darkened screens damaged by groundwater, salt spray and humidity could now seem right at home in any antique shop. The Barbedienne clock before restoration — sorely in need of a makeover. BY MARTY FUGATE

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Artefacts Swing low, Larry Elgart Legendary bandleader Larry Elgart has been called the “ambassador of swing.” While most revere swing’s ambassador for his music, others find his 60 years of memories equally priceless. Biographer Peter Levinson has tapped Elgart repeatedly for stories about the lives of the 20th century jazz and swing giants. Larry Elgart He’ll be flying to Sarasota to interview Elgart for research on his new biography of Tommy Dorsey. “I don’t see myself as a storyteller, but I guess he does,” says Elgart. “I’ve found I have a lot of stories to tell.” To hear more of these stories, you’ll have to wait for Levinson’s next book. The noted jazz biographer will also be speaking at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Selby Public Library. Call 365-6332 for the liner notes.

Art on the wall dept. Barbara Harrison’s abstract wall sculptures are cropping up on all kinds of walls lately. The Sonnet Gallery wants it that way. They represent the Longboat Key artist — and didn’t have a problem when she started seeking other exhibition spaces. “Galleries are usually very possessive,” Harrison says with an only slightly guilty air. “But I’d had my eye on the space at the Women’s Resource Center. It was a huge, wonderful space and perfect for my work. I left my portfolio there one day. The selection committee gave me two great months. I thought the Sonnet would discourage me, but they were totally supportive — and even helped publicize me. They’re good business people. They know if you get your name out, everyone benefits.” Her work is permanently on exhibit at the Sonnet Gallery. Her show at the Women’s Resource Center runs through March. Call 3661700.

Box of rain Family legacies come in many forms. For Anna Rabinowitz, that legacy was a shoebox. Rabinowitz, is a nationally-known writer and a seasonal Longboat Key resident. Her life was good, but had a hole in it. Her parents were Anna Rabinowitz Holocaust survivors and left few stories behind ... until the day she found the shoebox. She found it by accident in a closet one day. Inside were old photos and a few letters written by her father to her mother — all that remained of their erased world in Poland. Rabinowitz wanted to turn these shards into a poem — and hit on the device of an acrostic. “All I had was fragments,” she says. “I was afraid the narrative wouldn’t come out. But people tell me it’s almost too strong. I hope I’ve succeeded in making the absent present.” The author will read from “Darkling” and remain for a book-signing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Sarasota News & Books. Call 3656332. — Compiled by Marty Fugate




Cà d’Zan CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9B The Barbedienne clock was only one of five stopped clocks; the museum could afford to fix only three. “I fixed the last two for nothing. The people there are so dedicated, so good — I was happy to do that for them. Why fix three and leave two?” The clock an obvious success story — one among thousands. Joseph Fannelli is part of an army of specialists in everything from furniture to embroidery to gold-leaf crown moldings. Locally there are the folks at Kreissle Forge, Pat Ball Construction Company, Designer Source of Sarasota — too many to list here. Thanks to their efforts, William Pogony’s idiosyncratic art has been restored in the gameroom and ballroom ceilings; the cornices in Ringling’s bedroom have regained their original gilded age glory; in furniture and wallhangings, the tattered embroidery has been rewoven (to the level of filling in minute gaps in the pettipoint motifs); fabric too damaged to repair has been replaced by painstakingly accurate, historic recreations. Overseeing the project was curator Aaron DeGroft, the overall museum’s deputy director and chief curator; Michelle Scalera, chief conservator and acting collections manager for Cà d’Zan; Ron McCarty, Cà d’Zan registrar; architect Linda Stevenson; financial coordinator

Paula Parrish. While each had a specialty, decision making was a team effort. As I watched the slides of these folks pouring hundreds of hours of hard work into the project, it became very clear this it was a labor of love. When their labor is done, Cà d’Zan will shine. Will it shine the way it did in 1926? No. Museum restoration doesn’t mean creating a just-like-new showroom finish. It’s not like taking an old car to the body shop and saying “make it like new.” The discipline is less like body work and more like archaeology — a scientific process involving detective work on everything from verifying signatures to paint chemistry. Preserving the original object takes priority. Restoring that object to its former glory never comes at the expense of history. Any touch-up is made removable. Every stop of the way is rigidly documented to make it reversible. Objects can be recreated, but only if they’ve been lost. In simple terms, if the original glass in an antique mirror is spotty, it stays that way. The restorers won’t put in new glass to make it look shiny and pretty. That’s not the point. Authenticity is. The work of restoration and conservation is nearly complete. The result will be something more than a showroom Cà d’Zan; it’s an honest restoration created to the highest contemporary standards. What the public will see is the house of John — his real house, not a glo-

rified movie set to gull the public. While time’s arrow can’t be reversed, it can be stopped. It’s all about getting back to the real thing. Ultimately, that reality is personal. The people behind this restoration have an oddly intimate relationship with the people in the past. For Linda Stevenson, it’s her connection with Mable Ringling and the original artisans who worked on the home. “They were an interesting bunch,” she said. “There are times I do feel like I know them. I’m only starting to get to know Mable — this house is essentially her vision. She had some very interesting thought processes.” Scalera agrees that it’s personal. “One of the rewards for 12-hour days of detective work is finding out about the individuals behind these objects — from the Ringlings who collected them to the artists who created them. When you take an object apart and put it back together what you find is not some anonymous thing but a person.” “I had a nice surprise yesterday,” she adds. “I found a tiny maker’s mark obscured by coats of wax under one of the cast iron floor grates. It was only a grate — but it had been decorated with beautiful, tiny flower motifs. Some artisan had put a lot of thought and craft into that grate. He was proud and that’s why he left his mark. We’re all proud to preserve the work of these individuals and give the people of Florida a chance to see it.” ❑


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Circus rich resource for Corbino paintings Horses and riders fly across the canvas, the horses barely touching the ground, the riders balancing on the air above their mounts. “Frieze” and 30 more works comprise “Jon Corbino: Circus Paintings in Sarasota Collections,” a small exhibition tucked away in the far corner of the West Galleries at the Ringling Museum. Italian-born Jon Corbino was a mid-20th century American painter (1905-1964) who added much to Sarasota’s legacy in the visual arts. Works by Corbino are in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Walker Art Center, as well as the Ringling Museum. At the end of his life, during the late 1950s and early 1960s, Corbino lived in Sarasota and often based his work on the circus. Like many artists he was drawn to the combination of risk, drama, fantasy and pathos of circus life. Although he had painted earlier works with a circus theme, it was here, in Sarasota, that the winter quarters of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus provided a rich resource for his work. Many of the works show performers, some posed, some in action. Corbino focuses on their faces and emotions, capturing an air of detachment or an intimate glance. But it is the equestrian sketches and paintings which are especially strong. “Leaping Horse and Rider, Galloping Horse” and “Flying Horse and Rider” are three small (3 by 5 inches) ink-onpaper works. These early sketches (1949) demonstrate Corbino’s ability to capture a sense of motion quickly and confidently. His later circus paintings of horses and riders are closely allied in style and spirit with these earlier informal works. During the Sarasota period of his painting, Corbino maintained his ability as a figurative and equestrian painter

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Above, “Galloping Horse” by Jon Corbino. Right, “Leaping Horse and Rider.” but continued to loosen his grip on realist techniques, adapting some of the action and gestural methods of the then-prevalent abstract expressionist movement. The resulting work is strong, expressive and fluid. “Plumed Riders, Circus Finale” (1960) and “Frieze” (1960) show this progression leading up to Corbino’s final circus-theme painting, “Circus Riders” (1961). Here, the palette darkens; the energy of the brushstrokes intensifies; the movement of the horses and riders becomes wilder. There is an almost-out-of-control feeling about it, a kind of violence. It is a sweeping and powerful final statement. With these later circus paintings, Corbino portrayed the emotion beneath the surface, allowing the circus and its performers to become a metaphor for his own passion. His death at age 59 leaves us wondering what works he might have produced given one more decade. “Jon Corbino: Circus Paintings in Sarasota Collections” will be on view at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art until May 12. It is running concurrently with “Images from the World Between: The Circus in TwentiethCentury American Art,” a major traveling exhibition of paintings, sculpture, drawing, photography and video

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A student show highlights the vast difference between the capabilities of the students but also the qualities of the instructors. I usually walk around and survey an entire show before writing anything. It gives me a feeling of the exhibition and how to critique it. Most participants show that they can handle a brush and paint fairly well, but where they put that brush filled with paint decides a picture’s success. Sadly lacking in many cases is the ability to draw. Without a correct and interesting drawing, it is impossible to come up with an award winner or even a modestly good picture. Correct perspective is also needed for a good composition. There are the usual number of compositions that were probably taken directly from a photograph. With an average photograph, the scene is split horizontally into two equal areas, top and bottom, and then the artist tries to meld the two together. It is seldom successful. In the three-dimensional categories, this problem is not prevalent. I guess that in pottery and sculpture categories, the necessary handwork changes the way that artwork is assembled. Shirley Gottfried painted a picture that she named “Intoxicating Cassis.” It appears that the scene is set in some section of Europe and it just vibrates with bold and very colorful watercolor techniques — until you get to the lower foreground. There, a different pattern of small, hard-edged details painted with non-variant dark green wanders around competing for a center of interest. Number 63, “Shops of old Quebec,” a watercolor painted by Ray Harrison, is painted using a tight technique, reflecting a near perfect rendition of the scene. It is a good composition but a tinge of color somewhere would have given it a little sparkle that watercolor loves. Also, I had a problem figuring from where the light was coming. The

the shape of a female human figure. It is an intriguing and different presentation. Number 127, Susan Pate’s “Flowers by the Window,” has good painting techniques but is lacking in the drawing department. The perspective used in the tabletop is impossible and the composition is scattered. The teachings of Leona Sherwood show up in M. Helfenbein’s entry. It is a mixed-media collage depicting an abstract scene named “Memories of Africa.” I have traveled the full length of Africa and I failed to see where the name came from, but it is an attractive and very colorful piece of artwork. The perspective used in Number Four, painted by Jane Arendt, is a bit mixed up. It is called “Italian Arches.” The sea or a large body of water appears on the right side and its surface sets up the eye-level line supposedly used in the picture. Many of the perspective lines used in the composition converge way above that line and it is disturbing. Janet Williams has an award-winning piece of pottery that she calls “Swimming Upstream.” It is a vase decorated with many fish glazed in a dominant green color. A line drawing of a nude called “Blue Lady” was submitted by Betty Pollock. It is a bold and spontaneous drawing that is simplified and just hints at many details. It is a good work of art. Marge Canfield entered “Lisa,” a picture of a young lady. Everything in this acrylic painting is correct from the basic drawing through the painting. It is a simple modest work of art that I like. Instructor Doug McIlvain’s students in his sculpture class turned out several excellent pieces of abstract sculpture. They are somewhat similar in size and in design. Rubbing a finger over some of the sweeping curves does not find many irregularities, indicating that much time was spent in the pursuit of perfection. ❑




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Baker pulls this off. Underneath the bright patois, you can tell Capote is contemplating whether going to sleep with a shot of vodka and a chaser of 30 barbiturates might not be such a bad idea. It’s a sad play, but the sadness left me with an uneasy feeling. It’s hard not to take this for special pleading — the poor, rejected writer is all alone at Christmas, boohoo. Capote grew up in a pre-politically correct South that scorned homosexuality — and, at least in Monroeville, Ala. — big words as well. Seeing him as a liability, his single mother abandoned him to other relatives. A fortune teller once called him a “he-she, two-headed calf” and laughed at him. Capote remembered these things. When he wasn’t writing about himself, (“The Grass Harp,” etc.), Capote about wrote about insiders and outsiders — “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” on the one hand, “In Cold Blood” on the other. Capote was obviously ambivalent; he wanted in, and he didn’t. But it’s very difficult to believe that in all those years he was hanging out with the Paleys and the Vanderbilts, all he was doing was gathering material. He liked the parties, liked the attention, liked the star status. If not, why would he feel so bad when these were removed? In the end, Capote, like everybody else on the planet, wanted to be loved. As the world’s oldest child prodigy, he figured he could violate confidences and repay largess with disloyalty. Geniuses live by different rules, after all. As Blake once said, “One law for the ox and for the lion is oppression.” Right.

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Parker for hire If there’s a writer alive to claim the throne of Raymond Chandler, that writer is Robert B. Parker. The man had the nerve to finish Chandler’s truncated “Poodle Springs” and went on to write a sequel to “The Big Sleep.” (This is the detective fiction equivalent of putting on Elvis’ coat and going on stage ... not in Vegas, but in Nashville.) As Chandler had his Marlowe, so Parker has his Spenser — and legions of fanatical fans. Expect hordes of these to converge on the author at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at St. Armands Key Lutheran Church. Appearing as the guest of Circle Books, Parker will answer questions and sign copies of his latest


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Bryn Boice and Devora Millman look for love in all the wrong places in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” at the Asolo. twins, even though there’s about a foot’s difference in height between them. Nobody cared; their acting was that good. Steven Rubin’s inventive set stays in the background the way a good background should. (There’s minimal dramaturgy, except for a nicely done shipwreck.) Ellen Mandel’s occasional music plays well; the director had the courage to make it play badly every now and then — the way it would if created by drunken revelers and street musicians in the real world. (It’s a surprisingly musical play, probably due to the festival on which it was based.) Director Gus Kaikkonen wisely played Shakespeare’s comedy for laughs and didn’t kill it with reverence. If there’d been Elizabethan radio, Shakespeare’s comedy could’ve played on it — it’s mere dialogue with little description. Kaikkonen creatively fleshed out the verbal comedy with comedic action — sight gags, endlessly delayed exits, wrongway kisses and various bits of business. He knew how to add without taking away.

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“Twelfth Night or What You Will” makes “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” seem stripped to the bone. Take away the filigree, and the plot’s not that complicated. It goes something like this ... Brother and sister twins, Sebastian (Zachary Fischer) and Viola (Bryn Boice), are lost at sea. Each thinks the other dead. The young woman washes up in a strange city. For murky reasons, she pretends to be a young man — Cesario — and enters the court of Duke Orsino (Bruce Roach). Viola falls in love with Orsino, but can’t reveal it due to her crossdressing. That same lack of truth in packaging causes a noblewoman (Devora Millman) to fall in love with “Cesario.” (Even in the 1600s the British thought this kind of thing was hilarious). Sebastian shows up and straightens everything out. There’s a happy ending, of course. Those in love get married to the appropriate genders. (With one couple, this takes a court order.) Like a mad monk illuminating a Theater manuscript, Shakespeare embroi“Twelfth Night” ders this fairly straightforward Asolo Mainstage framework with subplots, motifs Reviewed March 8 and wheels within wheels. Scholars everywhere continue to study these iterations — but you don’t have be a Shakespeare scholar to enjoy “Twelfth Night.” It is, above all, a comedy — and a sexual one at that. (As my professor once pointed out — if you’ve got the slightest shadow of a hint of a suspicion of a dirty joke in Shakespeare, it’s there.) Essentially the joke is on sexual tension. “Twelfth Night” is a long, slow, delayed clinch. We know Viola and Orsino will get together. Shakespeare drags it out as long as the audience can stand it and then some. It’s all about revelation and unveiling. The main plot concerns the revelation of true love in disguise; the subplot rips the mask off fake virtue. This is probably even more funny. What we’re talking about is a certain Malvolio (V Craig Heidenreich), steward to Countess Olivia. He’s a judgmental, disapproving, toffee-nosed Puritan and, of course, a hypocrite. Assorted servants and sponging relatives plot to expose this party killer via — you guessed it — a fake letter. He sees the bait, takes it, bites. Thinking the lady of the house loves him, the normally funereal Malvolio dresses like a peacock and makes a play for her. She thinks he’s nuts. This allows his enemies to perform a fake exorcism, tie him up in the basement and beat him with sticks. (The Bard no doubt thought this appropriate with Puritans.) Heidenreich steals the show. This is rare, considering the Asolo repertory dream team. But he steals it. His Malvolio was perfect. He hit just the right note — played the nattering, nasty martinet with a hint of John Cleese and just a dash of Inspector Kemp in “Young Frankenstein.” And, in case there were any doubts he was stealing the show, there was one scene that nailed it. Having read the bogus missive, dour Malvolio thinks his lady wants him to smile. It’s like asking an Easter Island head to grin. But if his lady wants it ... He tries. One side of face goes into a spasm of nervous tics. It seems like he’s going through enormous physical effort, like it’s going to kill him. But he does it. The smile is a psychotic rictus. The audience howled. All this, and it was still just the first act. The rest of the troupe must have been grateful that Heidenreich spent most of the second act tied up in the basement. Not to short shrift the other actors: Patrick James Clarke was fine in the thankless task of playing Sebastian’s utterly loyal friend, Antonio; Brad Wallace made for a convincingly drunken bon vivant as Sir Toby Belch; David S. Howard underplayed professional fool Feste with a hawk-like knowingness, as if the universe were one big joke and Feste in on it; Tessie Hogan was sharp and spirited as the lady in waiting who played Malvolio for a fool; David Breitbarth and Douglas Jones were convincing as fools for fools’ sake; Roach and Millman were equally believable as the fools of love. Fischer and Boice should get special commendation. They played

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If handicapping the Academy Awards seems harder than usual, it may be because last year’s films were all over the map. Actors played racists, prostitutes, pugilists, madmen, murderers and maids. As usual, many fine films didn’t even get nominated — from “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” to “The Man Who Wasn’t There.” Still, there are plenty of impressive films in the running. Here are my Oscar picks: Best Picture — The nominees: “A Beautiful Mind,” “Gosford Park,” “In the Bedroom,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “Moulin Rouge.” I have to go with “A Beautiful Mind” — an original film dealing with a difficult subject. Best Director — The nominees: Ron “Opie” Howard (“A Beautiful Mind”), Ridley Scott (“Black Hawk Down”), Robert Altman (“Gosford Park”), Peter Jackson (“The Lord of the Ring: The Fellowship of the Ring”), David Lynch (“Mulholland Drive”).

Tough call. All good choices — aside from Peter Jackson. (I’d prefer Christopher Nolan for “Momento,” the most innovative film since “A Clockwork Orange”). I’ll have to go with Opie for his round trip into madness. Best Actor — The nominees: Russell Crowe (“A Beautiful Mind”), Sean Penn (“I Am Sam”), Will Smith (“Ali”), Denzel Washington (“Training Day”), Tom Wilkinson (“In the Bedroom”). I don’t care what Crowe did at that other awards ceremony. He has the power to draw you into madness and make you wonder how you got there. That’s powerful thespianism. Best Actress — The nominees: Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”), Judi Dench (“Iris”), Nicole Kidman (“Moulin Rouge”), Sissy Spacek (“In the Bedroom”), Renée Zellweger (“Bridget Jones’ Diary”). Halle Berry is my choice to take to the Oscar ball. She gave the most gut-wrenching performance I’ve seen by an actress since Meryl Streep in “Sophie’s Choice.” Who knew such a

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Best Supporting Actress — The nominees: Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind”), Helen Mirren (“Gosford Park”), Maggie Smith (“Gosford Park”), Marisa Tomei (“In the Bedroom”), Kate Winslet (“Iris”). Maggie Smith — hands down. Her portrayal of a consummate British snob is her best work since “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.”

Best Screenplay — Nominees: Guillaume Laugrant and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (“Amelie”), Julian Fellows (“Gosford Park”), Christopher Nolan (“Momento”), Milo Addica and Will Rokos (“Monster’s Ball”), Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tenenbaums”). “Momento” challenged audiences to put on their thinking caps — yet it received only this nod. It deserves much more. Kudos to Chris. ❑

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Beverly Fleming Gallery — “Creative Expressions in Photography.” Kevin Boldenow captures the beauty of old Florida in striking black and white infrared photography. The artist will be present at a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 15; the show continues through April 18. 365-8683.

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ongoing Sonnet Gallery — “Serenity” features paintings by Robert Holman and John Douglas and new wall sculptures by Barbara Harrison through March 31. 55-6443. Copperleaf Studio & Gallery — featuring Tom Post’s oil paintings, Anne Flynn’s colorful abstracts and Cathleen Shaw’s stained glass JANUS panels. 586-5323. Louise’s Paperie — featuring book art by Clarissa Sligh, Terry Czechowski and Nancy Diessner through March 31. 365-7902. Unity Church of Sarasota — Mary Ann Bablitz will be the featured artist through April 3. 955-3301.


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Longboat Key Center for the Arts — its “Florence Putterman Exhibition of New Monotypes” runs from Tuesday, March 19 through April 9, with an artist’s reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 22; its “Student Exhibit” of work by artists in its various art classes remains in session through March 31. 383-2345. Gold Fish Galleries — featuring the magical, musical animals of French artist Nicole Pfund. The exhibit opens from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 15, and continues through March 31. Call 366-0088. Wallace Fine Art — “Reflections of a Russian Summer” features work by nine master painters from Moscow’s Surikov Institute. The show opens Friday, March 15 and continues through April 12. Painters Ilya Yatsenko and John Wurdeman will attend an artists’ reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 22. Call 387-0746. L’Attitude Gallery — “Wood You Believe.” This woodturning exhibit features work by Lincoln Seitzman, Ron Kent and Dennis Elliot. It opens from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16 and continues through April 12.

Call 779-1600. Zemil Jewelers — hosting artist Christopher McKenzie to introduce his latest series of oil paintings and sign limited edition prints from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 15. Call 388-4014. Blue House Gallery — “Visual Diaries” features work by Jean Blackburn, Linda Molton and Susanna Spann. It opens from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 15; the diary remains unlocked through April 13. 366-0211. Marge Bennett Gallery — “A Florida Point of View” features Bennett’s perspective on the Sunshine State. It opens from 6 to 9 p.m. March 15 and resists the urge to head north until after April 15. Call 955-0050. Rosalie Silver Gallery — “Combined Beauty” features pastels and watercolors by Rosalie Silver and Ruth Hook Colby. The artists will be present from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 15; the beauty endures through April 18. Call 330-9817.

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Modern life is no laughing matter ... well, this time it is. Florida Studio Cabaret Theatre’s “Laughing Matters” is an evening of song and sketch comedy skewering post-millennial politics and pop culture (assuming anyone can tell the difference anymore). It opens Tuesday, March 19 and continues to perform its operation on the funny bone of the body politic through March 31. The skits are performed by the usual suspects at FST and written by such area talent as Sylvia Reed, Barbara Anton and Jack Fournier. It’s funny, timely stuff — be sure to get it while it’s hot. Call 366-9000 for details.

St. Patrick’s: the day after Celtic music never made a comeback — it never really went away. Its roots go deep in American popular music, particularly bluegrass. On the other side of the Atlantic, the tradition of Irish song was never fully stomped out by the global music marketing machine. The Irish Rovers are six guys from Ireland who represent the real thing — and not a background score for an “Irish Spring” commercial. The Rovers will be performing their timeless music of the isles at 2 and 8 p.m. Monday, March 18, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Call 953-3368 or 1-800-826-9303.

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Marise Art Gallery — featuring a limited edition of Marise’s “Open Door Series” through March. 922-7169. Paradox Gallery — its not-so-mad “Transitional Tea Party” continues through April 12. 362-3715. Anna Maria Island artists Richard Thomas and Woody Candish will be showing their work through March 22 at the historic Times Building. 778-9230 or 778-4457. Venice Art Center — featuring work by Women Contemporary Artists of Southwest Florida (WCA) through March 27. 748-8900. The Education Center on Longboat Key — “Sarasota CloseUp.” Incisive imagery by area photographer Bob Fink remains in focus through March 22. 383-8811. Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island — watercolorist Jacqueline Clark is this month’s featured artists. 778-6694. Island Gallery West: “Color Splash” — still brightening your day through March 28. 778-6648. Museum of Asian Art — “Fantastic Animals.” The newly remodeled museum will feature its long-awaited exhibit of crouching tigers, hidden dragons and more. 954-7117. The Palm Avenue Gallery — featuring work by Cindy Testerink and Jim Crawford through March 31. 953-5757. Galleria Silecchia — featuring art by Israeli sculptor David Gerstein, Australian glass artist Nick Mount, and American glass artist Flo Perkins through April 1. 365-7414. Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art/Mira Mar Gallery — presenting significant new work by Leslie Lerner through March. 366-2093. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens — “Vanishing Pollinators: Photography by Carl Goodpasture” will vanish after March 31. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children. 366-5731. Corbino Galleries — featuring work by Oscar Lakeman, Baraj Salinas, Jane Manus and recent acquisitions by Jon Corbino. 387-0822. Gaylord Gallery — “The Gaylord Exhibit.” This family exhibition continues through April 18. Call 952-0678.

The Avenue Art Shop — “Beaches Boats and Birds.” John Barends and friends send in the marine-themed art all this month. 955-4763. Katharine Butler Gallery — “Transparent Medium/Transparent Vision” features diaphanous art through April 17. 955-4546. The John Carl Spa & Salon — Elizabeth Van Riper is this month’s featured artist. 330-8000. The Gallery — “Inspirations.” This exhibit of Daniel Feldman’s large-scale oil paintings and watercolors continues through April 3. 955-8341. Joan Peters Studio & Gallery — “Spaces for Renewal” featuring photographs by Patti Bard; “Calligraphy and Mobiles” showcases work by Jane Grundy. Both exhibits run through March 23. Call 741-8056. The Fine Art Gallery at Manatee Community College — “Everybody is an Artist.” This “open exhibition” of work from the MCC college community illustrates the creativity in all of us through April 4, except during spring break (March 25 through 31). 752-5225. Selby Gallery at Ringling School of Art and Design — ”Math Art/Art Math” — this exhibit adds up until March 30. 359-7563. Plum Door Gallery — “Alice in Wonderland.” The Rev. Dodgson’s world comes to life in sculpture by Dave Kellum and landscapes by Patricia Gawle. The gallery remains down the rabbit hole through April 17. 362-0960. John and Mable Ringling Museum — “Images from the World Between: The Circus in Twentieth-Century American Art” and “Jon Corbino: Circus Paintings in Sarasota Collections.” The circus is in town through May 12. 359-5758. Chasen Galleries — “Works of Leonard Wren.” His lightdrenched, impressionistic paintings will be on exhibit

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The Art Studio of Colleen Cassidy-Berns — featuring an ongoing exhibit of one-of-a-kind, original hand-painted furniture by Cassidy-Berns. 924-1200. Santa Fe Trails — specializing in Southwestern and Native American artwork. David Devary, Ed Posa and Pablo Antonio Milan will be featured in March. 954-1972. The Gallery Reserve — this fine art brokerage firm in the Sarasota Vault Depository features historic and contemporary fine art. 373-9794. Paradise Gallery — “Form & Structure.” Work by Jurgen Kadow and Don Frost will be featured through March 31. 366-7155. Inner Visions Gallery — “Divine Reflections” continues through March. 365-8191.

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“Stroll at Towles” — the Towles Court studio and gallery walk takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 15. Call 364-2126 for directions and details. The Tenth Annual Celebration of Meadows Art is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday March 16, and Sunday March 17, at the Meadows Community Center. Call 377-2300.


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CAFE DON GIOVANNI A new, exciting Italian restaurant on Longboat Key. The Chef prepares delicious foods using only the freshest ingredients. Ask Domenico about the menu and he will gladly prepare foods to your heart’s desire. Enjoy pasta to veal at very reasonable prices. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Call 383-0013. CAFE ON THE BAY Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay, Cafe on the Bay offers dinners views of the marina and bay in an elegant yet casual setting. The extensive menu has something for everyone. We are sister restaurant of the world class Cafe L’Europe. 2630 Harborside Dr. Hours: Lunch 11:30-3; Dinner 5:30-9 Sun. - Thurs; 5:30-10 Fri. & Sat,; Sunday Brunch from 9-1 $16.95. 383-0440. CIAO ITALIA A real trattoria on Longboat Key, the best homemade Italian food you ever tasted! From linguine with fresh clam sauce to veal scaloppine marsala. The most delicious antipasto you’ve ever had, plus succulent brick oven pizza. Try Ciao’s in the Centre Shops, you’ll not be disappointed. Hours: 11:30-3, 4:30-10p.m. 383-0010. THE COLONY DINING ROOM This classic award-winning restaurant with floor to ceiling windows offers Florida’s finest view of the Gulf of Mexico. The Colony Dining Room cuisine could be described as Contemporary Continental. You’ll also enjoy one of this nation’s finest wine lists. Reservations strongly suggested. Dinner from 6 p.m. nightly. Sunday Brunch: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 383-5558. EUPHEMIA HAYE An eclectic atmosphere of art & antiques creates the setting for award-winning cuisine; classic preparations of roast duckling, steak au poivre, Caesar salad, gulf-fresh seafood and homemade pasta. Upstairs, the HayeLoft Lounge & Dessert Room touts top-shelf spirits & cordials, appetizers, an outrageous dessert display & live entertainment. Dinner nightly. Late night gourmet pizza & desserts. 383-3633. FOODIES MARKET AND CATERING Chef Charles Dekranis and company present a variety of great cooking in a casual market atmosphere. Big phat sandwiches, hot luncheon buffet, and fresh dinners to go. Prices are very reasonable, 6.99 for lunch and from 9.99 dinner, the market also offers fine wines, beer, fresh fish, and meats. Need catering? They do it all. Open Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 941-387-2525, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key. HARRY’S CONTINENTAL KITCHENS Harry’s is a cozy restaurant serving Continental classics and inventive seafood. Lunch, Brunch 11:30am-2:30pm. Sunday 10:00am-2:30pm, Dinner 5:00pm-9:30pm. The adjacent gourmet deli offers dinners, sandwiches, salads and party specialties to take-out. The deli has fine wines, gift baskets and has done catering since 1979. 525 St. Judes Drive, 5600 block Gulf of Mexico Dr. 383-0777. Deli Hours: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm ISLAND JUICE & JAVA Winner of “Rookie” Small Business of 2001. “Experience the taste of Longboat” at this charming gourmet deli/coffee shoppe/ice cream parlor. Healthconscious dieters as well as decadent dessert lovers will delight in a large selection of breakfast, lunch, snack and dessert items. Eat in, take out, and catering. Open 7 days a week 7am - 7pm. 3174 Gulf of Mexico Drive (next to Sea Stable) 387-8783. LYNCHES LANDING BAR AND GRILL Sisters Ethna and Chris Lynch have captivated the true spirit of Ireland. Famous for Cork Cottage Pie, Corned Beef & Cabbage, Irish smoked Salmon, fresh seafood and great burgers. Enjoy spectacular sunsets and our live music. 4000 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Hours: 11:30 a.m.11p.m. 383-0791. MAR VISTA Come by land or sea to Mar Vista’s Dockside Restaurant and discover Longboat Key’s favorite restaurant for fresh seafood and steaks. Enjoy lunch or dinner on our deck or in our old-Florida-style dining room. Kids’ menu. 760 Broadway. 383-2391. MAUREEN’S PALM GRILLE A restaurant for all reasons. Bistro style menu has been added offering the traditional and inventive to Steve Horn’s signature cuisine. Dine Al Fresco under the stars! It’s what everyone’s raving about. Serving Dinner Tues. through Sun. 383-7774

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THE MONKEY ROOM The Colony’s newest venue, The Monkey Room, with a choice of indoor and outdoor seating, features flavorful dishes from Indonesia, Florence, Havana and Paris. Just perfect for parties of all ages and sizes. Breakfast Mon. - Sat. 7 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. All Day Dining available 11:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Adjacent to The Monkey Room is the all new Monkey Room Bar, one of the most comfortable lounges in town and definitely the place to be and be seen. Live entertainment nightly. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive 383-5558. THE PLAZA “THE PLAZA DOES IT RIGHT”...(Sarasota Herald June, 2000 Restaurant critic) A classic Steakhouse and wine cellar, featuring a varied menu including prime aged beef, market fresh seafood. Tues. - Thurs. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Dinner Fri.-Sat. 5PM to 10PM. 525 Bay Isles Parkway. 387-2700. POSEIDON Chef David creates a menu daily from his repertoire of upscale seafood dishes and fine steaks. Permanent features on our menu include Miso-Glazed Chilean Sea Bass, Oak Grilled New York Strip Steak and our famous Crispy, Crackling Calamari Salad. We also boast an award-winning wine list. Open 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Daily. Entertainment by jazz pianist, Denis Alberico, Wed. - Sunday. 3454 Gulf of Mexico. 383-2500. SUNSET BAR & GRILL At the Hilton Longboat Key. Great “Island Style” dining overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. 4711 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Happy hour daily 5 - 7 p.m. Hours: 7 a.m. 10 p.m. 383-2451.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND BEACH BISTRO Award winning surfside dining. Zagat Guide “the best food on the Gulf Coast”. Recipient of the “Golden Spoon Award” bestowed on the Top Twenty restaurants in the State of Florida. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Hours: 5:00p.m. - 10:00p.m. Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive. Anna Maria Island. 778-6444. BISTRO AT ISLAND’S END Beach Bistro’s more casual cousin. Selected one of Florida’s “Top 200” restaurants by Florida Trend, praised by Zagat Guide and voted Best Overall Restaurant by locals. “Gulf Coast Cookery” with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Jazz piano on weekends. Hours: 5:00p.m. - 10:00p.m. Bistro at Islands End, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Island 779-2444. BRIDGE TENDER INN & DOCKSIDE BAR Specializing in fresh seafood, outstanding steaks and barbecue ribs; open 7 days. Live entertainment every evening, also Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Lively happy hour 3 - 6 p.m. in the bar. Sailboat dockage west via Marker 49. Casual/fine dining. Enjoy the best of both worlds. Hours: 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. 778-4849. DA GIORGIO RISTORANTE Offers authentic Italian cuisine. A big selection of wines from around the world will most certainly enhance your meal. Live entertainment with Luigi Toth, Tuesday through Saturday, contributes to the already pleasant atmosphere. Gift certificates available. Open everyday from 5-10p.m. 779-0220. THE WATERFRONT RESTAURANT Enjoy the biggest and most interesting breakfasts, lunches covering everything from mouthwatering seafood, salads to burgers, sandwiches of all kinds and sophisticated great value dinners. Dine outside on our deck overlooking Tampa Bay or our 1920’s Florida cottage dining room w/ fireplace. 7 Days a week 7am 9pm. 111 S. Bay Blvd. Anna Maria Island (opposite City Pier) 941-778-1515.


JONATHAN’S Welcome to ambience! Jazz music, creative continental cuisine, daily specials, fresh fish, crisp linens, fresh flowers and candlelight all make for an unforgettable, intense dining experience. Menu offers a blend of French, Creole and Italian dishes. Full bar, excellent wine list and decadent desserts. 677 Manatee Ave., West (in the Northwest Promenade). Open Tues. - Fri. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday brunch 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 761-1117

CASTLE CAFE A truly authentic European dining experience. Feel like a king in a castle style dining room as you enjoy the exquisite German and Polish cuisine, and fine, imported, European wine and beer, in an old world atmosphere. 6090 14th St W (US41) (Bayshore Shopping Center) Bradenton. Open Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri. 12pm - 9pm, Sat-Sun (dinner only) 5pm-9pm, Closed Tuesdays. 751-0399


THE HUNGRY FOX The Hungry Fox is the neighborhood restaurant on St. Armands Circle. Casual dining featuring chef quality food reasonably priced. Serving you breakfast, lunch and dinner, pleasing local appetites for over 19 years with all of your favorites. Children and families welcome. Dine inside or on our garden patio overlooking the Circle. Open: Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 388-2222


BARNACLE BILL’S SEAFOOD No waterfront, no view, just great resort style food at neighborhood prices. Sarasota’s finest fresh seafood, specializing in the freshest local and northern seafood in the market. Old world and contemporary preparations with showcase quality seafood in the restaurant. (3 locations) Barnacle Bill’s Seafood on Main, 365-6800, Barnacle Bill’s Seafood on Webber, 923-5800., Barnacle Bill’s 5050 N. Tamiami Trail 355-7700. BLACKBOARD BISTRO Chalk up new Blackboard Bistro’s Winner, says Rodney Crouther of the Sarasota Herald Tribune on Jan. 18, 2002. Located just a mile south of Stickney Point in South Sarasota, Blackboard Bistro features spectacularly fresh, simple cooking from its frequently changing blackboard menu. Cozy, candle-lit bistro room. Thoughtfully selected wines. So hop in the car. It’s well worth the trip. For reservations call 923-4511. All major credit cards accepted. 7252 S. Tamiami Trail (Coral Cove Mall), Sarasota. 1 mile south of Stickney Point Rd. CRISPERS “Fresh Salads, Sandwiches & Soups”. Specialties include gourmet salads, stacked sandwiches, 12 soups everyday, ice cream, specialty coffees, desserts & fresh baked cookies - platters for meetings/gatherings; outside dining area, next to Hollywood 20, downtown Sarasota. Price range $3.00 to $7.00, Children’s menu. Take out available, non-smoking section. MC, Visa, AmEx, Discover. Sarasota Main Plaza, 1991 Main Street. 953-7007 DA RU MA Enter the exciting, fascinating and delicious world of Da Ru Ma, where expertly trained chefs perform feats of classic Teppan style cooking at your table. Along with traditional favorites, innovative combinations featuring sauteed shrimp, teriyaki steak, seafood, tempura, sushi and much more. Enjoy sunset specials with a breathtaking view of the bay. Open daily 5-10. At the Sarasota Quay, U.S. 41 and Fruitville Road. 951-2440. FIGAROS New things are cooking at Figaro’s since the recent expansion of our kitchen. Now in addition to our renowned pasta and seafood favorites we are able to offer tender braises and distinctive baked pasta dishes at prices that have earned for us Zagat Survey’s America’s Best Meal Deals for 2001-2002. Lively, friendly atmosphere. Great wine selection. Well worth the ride. For reservations 927-8331. All major credit cards accepted. 7119 S. Tamiami Trail (Buccaneer Plaza), Sarasota. 7/10th mile south of Stickney Point Rd. MOREL RESTAURANT Enjoy sophisticated cuisine in one of Sarasota’s finest restaurants. A pleasant dining experience awaits you at Morel, where the cuisine is tantalizing and the service and atmosphere is warm and inviting. Well worth the trip! Centrally located with ample parking. Reservations suggested. Hours: Tues.-Sat. 4:30-9:30 p.m. 3809 S. Tuttle Ave., 927-8716. MUNROE’S For those beyond trends and power dining, Munroe’s is Sarasota’s mainstay. Enjoy sophisticated regional American cuisine, a global wine list and friendly, attentive service in a historic urban atmosphere. The upstairs jazz tavern offers live entertainment, late night appetizers and desserts, happy hour and full dinner menu. Chefowned and operated. Valet parking. Hours: Dinner Mon.-Thur. 5:30-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 5:30-10 p.m. Closed Sundays. Catering available. 316-0609.


a.m. Saturday, March 16, at Holley Hall; Leif Bjaland conducts “Masterworks” performances of a new orchestration of Ravel’s “Miroirs” at 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Neel Auditorium; 8 p.m. Saturday, March 16 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at the Van Wezel; its “Coffee Concert” blends the Florida String and Wind Quartets at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 20. Call 953-3434. Lara St. John — the virtuoso violinist performs works by Beethoven, Sarasate and Waxman at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Holley Hall as the guest of the Van Wezel. Call 953-3368 or 1-800-826-9303. Selby Gardens — the Jazz Club of Sarasota will perform at its “Outdoor Garden Music Series” from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17. Free with admission. Call 366-5731. Sarasota Opera — performing Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” through March 23; Verdi’s “Le Trouvere” through March 23; Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” through March 22; Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte” through March 16. Call 366-8450.


A&E Sarasota Opera Youth Chorus — 7 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Call 794-3922. Flanzer Jewish Community Center — presenting the Sarasota Jewish Chorale at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 19; Kol B’Seder, the popular Jewish musical duo, performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21. Call 378-5568. Sarasota Folk Club — featuring “bluegrass with attitude” courtesy of the Sno Rogers Band at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Art Center Sarasota. Call 371-1433. Jazz Club — featuring the Midiri Brothers Sextet in a tribute to that thing that is swing at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at the Van Wezel. Call 316-9207 or 953-3368. The Skyliners Big Band — dance to the music from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Sarasota Mobile Home Park Auditorium. Call 952-0694. St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church — presenting the acclaimed Byzantine Choir of Thessaloniki, Greece, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14. Call 966-0497. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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Sno Rogers Band — these folks make music for folks who like folk, March 17, at Art Center Sarasota.

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Van Wezel — The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater hits the floor with contemporary dance at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 14, and 8 p.m. Friday, March 15. Call 953-3368 or 1-800-826-9303.


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A&E until the night of May 25; "Twelfth Night," Shakespeare's comedy bends genders until the night of May 25; “The Hollow,” Agatha Christie’s whodunit, remains under active investigation until May 25. Call 351-8000 or 800361-8388.

Theatre Works — “Tru.” Mark Baker’s one-man depiction of Truman Capote continues through April 7. Call 952-9170. Venice Little Theatre — “Jekyll & Hyde” plays hyde and seek through March 17; “Bullshot Crummond” spoofs stiff upper lip British detective movies through March 30. Call 488-1115. Golden Apple Dinner Theatre — “Grease” is again the word through May 5. Call 366-5454. Florida Studio Theatre — “Two Pianos, Four Hands.” The love-hate relationship between two men and their Steinways continues through April 6. Call 366-9000.

just for fun McCurdy’s Comedy Theater — presenting the musical madness of Jerry Farber through Sunday, March 17. Call 925FUNY. Florida Studio Cabaret Theatre — “Laughing Matters.” This evening of song and comedy sketches skewering today’s politics and pop culture opens Tuesday, March 19, and continues poking the funny bone through March 31. 366-9000. Florida West Coast Symphony Designers Showcase — continuing until March 17, at the Keith House on the Phillippi


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Circle Books — hosting George Tuttle, author of “Murder in the Upper House,” a tale of murder Down Under, at 1 p.m. Friday, March 15; Charlene Klima, author of “Give Me Five,” a story of growing up earth-friendly in Florida, at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Call 388-2850. Island Branch Library — Tim Dorsey discusses satire and Florida politics at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. Call 779-1208. Sarasota News & Books — hosting Anna Rabinowitz, the nationally-known author of “Darkling,” a poetic reconstruction of the lost memories of the Holocaust, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. Call 365-6332. Selby Library — presenting a talk by Peter Levinson, noted jazz biographer of “The Life of Nelson Riddle,” at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Call 365-6332. Temple Beth Israel — hosting a “Books Alive!” performance by professional actors dramatizing a selection of living literature, at 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 18. Call 387-8725.


Sarasota Film Society’s Burns Court Cinema — “Iris,” opening Friday, March 15, features Judi Dench as the towering British author; “The Song of Leonard Cohen,” Harry Rasky’s glimpse into the mind of the mordant, mystic Canadian singer/songwriter, will be shown at 2 and 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. For complete schedule and times call 955-FILM. Circus Film Series — featuring Lon Chaney’s gripping, offbeat performance as a rejected inventor turned masochistic circus clown in “He Who Gets Slapped” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Ringling Museum of the Circus. (David Lynch note — this is how it’s done.)

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Cooking was family fun “I can be baking, assembling a casserole or making a dessert — whatever it is, I just like being in the kitchen,” says Barbara Sandford. Born and reared in Ohio, Sandford says her earliest kitchen memories are helping her mother with her two sisters. “My mother really enjoyed cooking and I know that’s where I learned to enjoy it, too,” she says. “She made wonderful pies and always made six or eight at a time,” Sandford recalls. “We girls would be with her, doing everything from mixing the piecrust dough to beating the egg whites for the meringue.” She recalls Sunday dinners at a neighbor’s house. “He was a Hungarian man and each Sunday he would make Chicken Paprikash,” she says. “He always shared it with us.” Sandford has the recipe and it is favorite with her family. Her son, Dan, also likes to cook and it is one of his favorites, too. Later this month Sandford and her with two sisters are getting together for a mini-reunion. With a laugh, Sandford adds, “I know we’ll be making Chicken Paprikash.” Two years ago in April, Sandford underwent a kidney transplant. Her husband, John, was the donor. All continues to go well. “It certainly changes one’s attitude, Sandford says. “No longer is every day taken for granted. It is appreciated and enjoyed.” Visitors to Longboat Key since 1986, the couple became full time residents in 1995. Sandford is co-chairman of the exhibition committee at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts and is a volunteer at

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Stroll to Towles for artistic dining The opening of Lavanda, a restaurant, is a welcome addition to Towles Court, a downtown Sarasota area where artists live, work and display their respective art. Located in a large wooden, two-story structure, which also houses several artists’ galleries, Lavanda has a charming interior dining area, but the spacious outside veranda is something special. Any table offers a view of activities within the complex. Several of the colorful artists studios are within view.

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don’t recall the second. The luncheon menu has six standard choices: Pasta Lavanda, tuna, mushroom or chicken salad sandwich, a fish salad and a salad of greens. Because we had a party of four, all individuals, we ordered a variety. The fish salad and Pasta Lavanda proved to be the most interesting. The ingredients of the fish salad were sole, baby spinach and pine nuts with a warm shallot and pancetta dressing. It was a combination that I found quite unusual but turned out to be a quite satisfying experience. The mild flavor of the sole and pine nuts were enhanced by the stronger shallots and pancetta dressing. The Pasta Lavanda, served in a heavy earthern bowl, had a base of penne smothered with tiny whole mushrooms, pieces of tomato and proscuitto and whole leaves of fresh spinach. The overall flavor was good, but the salty proscuitto was dominant in the sauce — maybe a bit too salty for my personal taste. Perhaps with a bit more penne to absorb the sauce, it could have helped. The chicken salad was served on a very crusty roll. It was mild flavored and mixed to a fine texture. The mixed green salad with a light dressing was excellent. The tuna sandwich, grilled with aioli and served with mixed greens, was a sandwich I would definitely order again. I think I will plan to come back again to Lavanda, this time for an evening meal. With the interesting combination of ingredients on the luncheon menu I would expect to find it again and perhaps more so because the dinner choices are more varied. For example, shrimp sautéed with tomato and saffron or the lamb rack with a red wine demi glace were intriguing. A


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Lavanda’s spacious veranda offers diners a view of Towles Court. salmon filet roasted with herbs and garlic and a skinless chicken breast with a Dijon sauce appeared appealing. All are served with the side dishes of the day. The desserts are prepared in the Lavanda kitchen and each has a distinctive added touch. The lemon souffle is served cold with raspberry sauce. The cheesecake adds orange and cranberries. The chocolate hazelnut cake, Gianduia, is from the Tuscany region of Italy. We tried the lemon souffle and Gianduia. They were both terrific endings for a leisurely lunch. Dessert and coffee at Lavanda would be a great way to relax on an afternoon after checking out the latest offerings at the Towles Court galleries. The exhibits are continuously changing and the artists in residence regularly present workshops. ❑

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Sailing the seas of retirement planning to live aboard anyway, why not sell the house and make their home on the boat at the Longboat Key Sailing is second nature to John Moorings until John’s retirement. Pether, a native of New Zealand. A The thought of moving and disposing retirement life aboard a boat sailing the of a lifetime’s possessions is overwhelmseas has been a longtime dream of ing. Pether’s, but it came a bit sooner than “But it really is surprising how many he planned — the boat part that is. things you don’t really Pether, a financial need, “ Laura says. “It consultant for did take me six months Salomon Smith to go through boxes Barney for 18 years, and boxes.” has plans to retire in The furniture was April. For several sold, the house was years, Pether and sold, and with selected his wife, Laura, have possessions the Pethers been looking at moved aboard the boats. They narboat. “Somerset” is the rowed their search boat’s original name, to just one boat, a which Pethers chose to Manta 40-foot catakeep. maran. The boat is a cataTwo years ago maran, 21-feet wide, they found a Manta and is quite spacious. It 40-footer docked at has two bedrooms, two Longboat Key baths, storage areas, a Moorings owned by complete galley with British couple. refrigerator-freezer, “We became A suit and tie are still required attire reverse osmosis water for Pether. acquainted with system, a comfortable them and they living room, lots of exterior deck space, invited us aboard,” Pether recalls. “We plus air conditioning. knew after being on the boat it was the “It is essential that there is a place for one we wanted.” But the Pethers were not ready to buy everything and that everything is in its place,” Laura says about the smaller and the boat was not for sale. A year quarters. “There may be less housekeepago it became available. ing to do but it’s still there. There’s no The Pethers debated. The timing wasn’t right. They weren’t ready; then CONTINUED ON PAGE 3B they decided they were. If they were BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor

John and Laura Pether are ready for new adventures sailing on the Somerset.

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Laura finds fixing dinner a breeze in the well-equipped galley. The Somerset is docked at Longboat Key Moorings.



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More antique questions Q. At a recent antique show in West Palm Beach, my wife and I came across an attractively refinished oak and brass icebox, circa 1915. We think it would look very attractive in our home, but wonder whether, practically, it might have any use except as an interesting accent piece. A. These wonderful vintage pieces are particularly suited to serve as auxiliary liquor cabinets and bars. They do give an eclectic and interesting look to any décor. Another example of recycling designs of the past is old dental cabinets circa 1900-1930. They are often used as an attractive storage space for small items or collectibles that fit COBIN into their many graduated drawers.

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Q. I collect examples of ships in a bottle. I have many fine 19th century pieces which are typically assembled outside the bottle with collapsible masts, carefully introduced into the neck of the bottle opening and then opened to full height with strings. I have seen recent cheap examples where the sides of the bottle are simply glued together over the completed ship. Are there other “tricks” I should be on the lookout for? A. Yes! A common technique for “cheating “ involves a bottle that apparently has no seams but, in fact, the base of the bottle has been fused and polished after the ship has been easily placed through the large opening. Keep in mind that the quality of workmanship in the ship itself is the most important factor in determining value.

Alycia and Bob Craft are winter residents of Longboat Key. Alycia became a flight attendant in 1965 and retired after almost 40 years of service. Alycia and Bob, who is an international captain, flew together worldwide. They flew her retirement trip together to Zurich and took along The Longboat Observer.


Q. I am an avid fan of “Antiques Road Show” on PBS. I have several paintings I would like appraised, but the show has already been through Tampa and is not likely to return soon. Any ideas? A. If you think you have valuable paintings worth $5,000 or more, consider calling Sotheby’s or Christies’ Auction Houses. They have representatives in Florida who will advise you and will request a picture and other details (size and artist). If you


plan to sell through them, there will be no charge for the appraisal. If not, they will direct you to a qualified appraiser in your area who will give you a written evaluation, but will charge you a fee for their service. You can do some research yourself by seeing if works by the same artist of similar size, in the same medium are being sold on the Internet. Q. I have heard the terms “contemporary” and “modern” used interchangeably. Are they synonymous? A. “Contemporary” means style associated with the present — example — a brand new home designed in the latest style. “Modern” refers to items that were created in a certain cleanlined style that began in the 1920’s as Art Deco to the present. A California ranch house circa 1950 is still modern, but not contemporary. A new Spanish-style house with tile roof is neither contemporary nor modern. The answer is confusing so buy what appeals to you, not for what style it is deemed. Q. I read your column regularly, and notice that you speak about antiques and collectibles. What’s the difference? A. Antiques are 100 plus years old, although the term is often used to describe more recent items. Collectibles are generally smaller and more recent items, which if they age enough will be “antique.” Unfortunately, many of today’s collectibles will become older and still not worth much, especially if they were produced in very high numbers. Q. I recently inherited a large collection of Charles Lindbergh items from my grandfather who was an avid fan of aviation. I myself am a commercial airline pilot and Lindbergh is a hero to me, so I will never sell them, but would like to have some idea of their value. A. If you supply us with an inventory of the items, we could give you a ballpark figure; however, bear in mind that Lindbergh was one of the greatest icons of adventure of the 20th century — so a tremendous amount of material was produced from 1927 (the year of his solo flight to Paris) to the beginning of World War II. Condition and rarity are the keys to value. A very small percentage of items fulfill those criteria, but we also love those aviation pieces and collect it ourselves.


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sailor and has thoroughly studied all the boat’s safety features. On weekends the Pethers take the boat out on the water. They recently took a few days to sail to Key West. John said he was pleased that despite heavy seas the boat handled well. In addition to learning about the boat, John is spending a lot of time completing his work at Salomon Smith Barney. Active in the community, Pether is on the Mote Marine board of trustees, the Mote advisory council and works with the Sarasota Youth Sailing program at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. Laura has been in commercial property management. After John’s retirement, the couple plans to sail up the East Coast and spend several weeks cruising on Chesapeake Bay, then sail back to Longboat and maybe the Bahamas for the winter. They would like to explore the Caribbean, and perhaps the coast of Mexico or Venezuela. No exotic trips Pether charts a course as he makes plans for an upcoming cruise. around the world are planned. Laura plans to spend her leisure time while cruising completing a family history for her new granddaughter, Dorothy. Painting has always interested John and he wants to do more than “dabble” as he has in the past. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1B The two are both looking to their adventures aboard the lawn to mow but the upkeep on a boat is constant. Somerset and sightseeing — wherever they drop anchor. ❑ Something always needs to be done.” The early move to a boat gave the Pethers an opportunity to see if they truly would like living aboard. There are absolutely no regrets. Exceptional Service!! “I feel like I am living in a resort and on vacation,” says Outstanding Results!! Laura. “I ride my bike to Publix, Eckerd and the post office.” (941) 376-9195 or 388-3966 Sailors are a gregarious bunch and the Pethers say, “You (800) 237-8400 x 1003 really do get to know your neighbors. You spend a lot of time together and there is a wonderful spirit of togetherness, a willingness to be helpful.” MAGNIFICENT PANORAMIC BAY & CITY John does get a bit of ribbing from his fellow boaters. He’s VIEWS abound in this luxurious & spacious 3 BR the only one who steps off the boat in the morning wearing Penthouse bay-front end unit right in the Heart of a suit and tie as he heads for the office. Downtown Sarasota! Stunningly renovated by Ann A lot of his evenings are spent pouring over manuals for Folsom Smith, with fabulous designer upgrades the boat’s equipment such as the generator. He’s a cautious throughout! Theaters, galleries & restaurants at your

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COUNTRY CLUB SHORES- Protected deep water channel that can accommodate a 50 foot boat and glorious views of Sarasota Bay are combined in this stately home location. Elegance begins with a double leaded glass door entry, marble floors. A state-of-the-art wood and granite gourmet kitchen. A grand master suite with separate study. Upstairs guest suite with terraced and activity room. A disappearing edge pool with spa overlooks the dock and bay.....................................................$2,900,000. AUTHENTIC TUSCANY- Hidden behind the gates of the LBK Club, you will marvel & delight at the beauty & attention to detail of this private 9900 sq. ft. residence w/panoramic views of the Gulf, New Pass, Bay & downtown Sarasota. Private, protected 50’boat dock. $7,895,000. DREAM ISLAND RD SAILBOAT WATER- New “John Cannon” 4BR-4 1/2BA home on 100’ of waterfront. Every upgrade, granite, tile, gourmet kitchen, master w/deluxe his/her bath, fireplace & high ceilings. Caged lanai w/heated pool/spa & summer kitchen. Dock, boatlift, direct bay access..................$1,299,000. WATERCLUB - 8th floor Direct Gulf & Sunset views. 3BR/5BA masterfully furn w/ harmonious mingling of art, antiques & sophistication.......................$3,795,000. QUEENS HARBOUR- Boater’s deep-water paradise in this 3BR + study maintenance-free home. Marble floors & foyer, separate dining room, family room, downstairs master suite + study. 2 guest rooms w/loft, heated caged pool, lanai & deep-water dock.$1,299,000. QUEENS HARBOUR- Southern views over 2 lakes. 4BR maintenance free home within the LBK Club. Resort life style w/etched glass double door entry, tiled floors, home theatre & the finest wood, study w/2 computer centers. Heated pool, summer kitchen.... $1,195,000. WATERCLUB - Feels like a Beach house with full Gulf views. 2 large BRs, private patios, marble floors, 10ft ceilings, sunsets from every room........$1,500,000. WATER CLUB - 7th floor unbelievable south views of Gulf and City from this 3 bedroom/3 bath, set to go, showplace. Great taste in every detail. Furnished.....$1,750,000. DREAM ISLAND ROAD - Spanish style home w/tropical setting on sailboat water. Upgraded kitchen & baths, Mexican tile, fireplace, caged pool & guest wing. $849,000.

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BE ON TOP OF THE WORLD AT THE RITZ - in your private 4734 sq ft of private residence. Sparkling views of Sarasota Bay from every room. Magnificent marble floors with 2 master suites + guest room, library & separate dining room. All the hotel amenities and services are available at.........$3,300,000. SARABANDE - 5BR/4.5 plus family room & library. Sweeping 12th floor bay views..................$2,900,000. MAINLAND BAYFRONT- Enjoy bay views & protected sailboat water. 4350 sq. ft., 5BR home includes 2 master suites. Updated kitchen and large living area are ideal for entertaining caged, heated pool.................$1,295,000. BIRD KEY WATERFRONT- Premier 125 ft. canal front home, large enough for 60 ft. boat. Built in 1998, this 2 story 3BR + study home is beautifully designed w/wrought iron terraces, French doors, large tiled floors, raised panel maple cabinetry, faux painting & high ceilings w/crown molding Seconds to bay by boat.........................$1,295,000. THE OAKS COUNTRY CLUB - Wide magnificent lake views in this 3BR/3.5BA + study modern French style residence. Copper eaves & dramatic Porte Cochere greet you from the courtyard entrance. Marble & tiled floors, high ceilings & sound system.........................................$749,000.


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Bird Key home sold for $3,075,000 Pamela and Robert M. Taylor bought their new Bird Key home, at 611 Mourning Dove Drive, from Terry D. Lorenz, 750 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, for $3,075,000. The manse contains four bedrooms, five baths and a swimming pool. The property last sold for $775,000 in July 1997 before the new home was built in 1998. The price was the third highest ever paid for a Bird Key residence. The record price for a Bird Key home was the $4 million that Daniel Kane and his wife, Elita Krums, paid for their home at 614 South Owl Drive. The Kanes bought the home from Philip D. Kaltenbacher, after having sold their Lido Shores home on the Gulf of Mexico at 1127 Westway Drive to Marion and John DeYoung for a Lido Key record of $6 million. Interestingly, these sales can trigger a chain reaction — Kaltenbacher turned around and purchased a home on New Pass at 1083 Westway Drive from Priscilla A. Doulton for $4,750,000. The second highest price for a Bird Key home was $3,150,000 that Nancy Jane and Ronald G. Gelbman paid to Martel Development Co. and B. W. Saba Inc., for their brand new, six-bedroom and sevenbath home with a swimming pool on Sarasota Bay at 459 Meadow Lark Drive.

Cooperman, 525 S. Spoonbill Drive, sold her three-bedroom and three-bath home with a swimming pool at 552 S. Spoonbill Drive, to the Annapolis, Md., corporate entity of AJB Limited Partnership for $1,300,000. In a slightly more modest Bird Key transaction the same week on the same street, Helen R. and C. Beatty Collins, purchased their three-bedroom and threebath residence at 585 S. Spoonbill Drive from Michael Kolligian III of Winchester, Mass., for $560,000. The home was built four years after Bird Key was greatly enlarged and open for development in 1962. Through Feb. 20 this year there have been five home sales on Bird Key, averaging $1,414,000 per transaction. This compares to the $848,284 average for the 51 sales on Bird Key last year.


Bird Key A second Bird Key home was sold for more than a million dollars in the third week of February 2002. Karel S.

En Provence When Unit One in Building II was sold at the three-building en Provence condominium, 2121 Gulf of Mexico Drive, by developers en Provence, L.L.C., to Beached, L.L.C., for $1,925,000, it raised the sales total for 20 of the 21 apartments to $49,525,000, or an average price of $2,476,250. Signing the deed of sale for the odd named Beached Company was its manager, Troy H. Myers Jr., 2033 Main St., Sarasota. Broken down, $13 million of this total went for the three penthouses, averaging $4,333,333. Seventeen of 18 “regular” con-

dominiums were sold for $36,525,000, or an average $2,148,530.

Sleepy Lagoon How to double your money in two years and five months? Buy a home on the Gulf beach in north Longboat Key. That is exactly what Lotti and Rolf S. Luscher, 7825 Estancia Way, Sarasota, did when they purchased their home on Lot 22 of the old Sleepy Lagoon subdivision at 6405 Gulfside Drive with its 100-foot beach front in September 1999 for $850,000. They sold it the third week in February to Nehushtan, Limited Liability Company (L.L.C.), 3801 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, for $1,710,000. The price for this house, first built in 1953 and later renovated in 1967, was just slightly more than the $1,688,533 average for three Sleepy Lagoon beachfront homes sold last year.

Casa Del Mar Nancy L. and Robert A. Smith from Perrysburg, Ohio, bought Unit No. 8-A in Tract E at Longboat Casa Del Mar Condominium from Susan E. and Howard E. LeWine of Duxbury, Mass., for $516,000. The sale price was well over last year’s $325,000 average for the two sales at the 106-unit Casa Del Mar, 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive.

A Harvard, Ill., limited liability company with separate names of 801 Evergreen Way and 860 Evergreen Way, bought two condominiums in Section 3 on the 92-unit Cedars East for a total $457,900. Mitchell Greb from Framingham, Mass., sold 860 Evergreen Way Unit 5 for $231,000. Karen S. and Dennis F. Glassburn of Westerville, Ohio, sold 801 Evergreen Way Unit 42 for $226,900. These two first sales at Cedars East this year average

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L’Ambiance Lynn Revo-Cohen and her husband, Gary M. Cohen from Reston, Va., bought the two-bedroom and four-bath apartment Unit H-302 at L’Ambiance from Gayle and John L. Hannett of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., for $1,350,000. The 10-year-old apartment last sold for $975,000 in November 1998. It was the second sale at L’Ambiance in 2002, the earlier one transacting for $1,150,000. Last year there were eight sales at L’Ambiance going for an average $1,378,440.

Pierre The values are rising at the elegant, 66unit Pierre on the gulf at 455 Longboat Club Road. Last year the two sales we tracked averaged $749,010. The first Pierre transaction was consummated for $925,000 as Carol A. and Angelo M. Fatta, from Buffalo, N.Y., paid that amount to Scuile Investments Inc., of Oakville, Ontario, Canada, for Unit 306. The four-bedroom and three-bath apartment was built in 1990 and last sold for $435,500 in July of 1991.

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$228,950, compared to the $203,630 average for 17 Cedars East sales in 2001. There were just three sales at Cedars West across Gulf of Mexico Drive on the Gulf last year, selling for an average $448,667.

Fairway Bay Three condominiums have been sold so far in 2002 at the 288-unit Fairway Bay, all in phase II, averaging $415,167. In the latest transaction, Linda and Milan V. Adrian sold their Unit 432 in Building M-4 to Sheila B. Field and her husband, Harold L. Levinger of Minneapolis, Minn., for $390,000. Last year 10 Fairway II condominiums sold for an average $304,450.

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Sandpipers sale misfiled

Mary Jane and William F. Rincker, 1211 Gulf of Mexico Drive, purchased the threebedroom and three-bath Unit 811 at The Promenade from Northern Trust Bank of Florida, 1515 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, in the role of trustee to the Maria Miller Trust, for $900,000. It was just the second sale at the 120-unit Promenade this year. The previous sale there was for $530,000. Last year three sales at The Promenade averaged $579,333.

Deliberate or inadvertent, there was one transaction that was recorded in the wrong county of the bifurcated town of Longboat Key. When Janice Lewis of Toronto, Canada, sold her Unit 206 at the 10 Unit Longboat Sandpipers Condominium, 5635 Gulf of Mexico Drive, whoever recorded the deed filed at the Sarasota County Clerk’s office instead of the Manatee County Clerk’s office in the courthouse at Bradenton, because the Sandpipers is located on the north side of Longboat Key in Manatee County. Buying Unit 10 at the Sandpipers for $599,40 was Matilda Smith Wagener. The sale price was the highest we have seen at the Sandpipers.

Beachcomber Over at the 40-unit Longboat Beachcomber Condominium, 2721 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Paulette R. Purson of Edgewater, N.J., sold her Unit 503 to Mark N. Kubina and Andrew Beistel, from Bolivar, Ohio, for $198,000. It was the second sale there this year, the earlier one going for $180,000. Last year there were just two sales, averaging $172,500.

Moorings Marina Slip No. 9 on N pier at the 274-slip, midKey Longboat Key Moorings Marina was sold by Catherine M. and John Peterman of Lake County, Ind., to Linden Hustedt from Gladwyne, Pa., for $149,000. The sale price was under the $186,611 average for the first nine regular boat slips at Moorings Marina this year. Last year the average for 60 sales of these size slips was $186,167.

Spotlight On Excellence ANNETTE ROGERS Michael Saunders Congratulates Annette Rogers As The Company’s Top Sales Associate

Lido Beach A new canal front home at 23 S. Polk Drive on Lido Beach was sold by Bob M. Beaty, 506 N. Spoonbill Drive, Bird Key, to Thomas M. Haas for $1,750,000. Another million-plus Lido home was sold on the canal at 240 North Polk Drive. Donna M. and Dennis F. Nathan from Mahwah, N.J., bought the three-bedroom and two-bath home with a swimming pool from Results Inc., a Michigan corporation headed by K. G. Rummer for $1,335,000. The home originally built in 1965 last sold for $870,000 in September of 1999. Three homes have been sold so far on Lido Beach this year for an average price of $1,421,667. Last year 11 such properties were sold averaging $1,996,640.

Annette Rogers, Realtor with the South Longboat Key office, has achieved recognition for another record-breaking year as the top sales associate company-wide for 2001. She closed over $54 million in residential property sales for the year 2001 and is a member of the Founder’s Circle. Rogers specializes in professional, award-winning service and has amassed a long list of satisfied customers throughout her real estate career. Founder Michael Saunders commented at the awards ceremony, “Annette has achieved this extraordinary level of distinction through her unwavering focus, exemplary dedication and determination to reach this pinnacle, and is ranked among the top sales associates within the entire real estate industry.”

Boathouse Down at the 294-berth Boathouse on Longboat Key, 410 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Adrienne and Gianluigi Vittadini of New York bought berth 1108 from owner Longboat Key Boathouse Inc., for $25,000.


Kent Chetlain is a veteran Florida journalist and historian, a former Manatee County commissioner and a holder of a Florida real estate license. He has chronicled real estate activity in this area since 1957. ❑

In Recognition of Excellence Michael Saunders & Company, Licensed Real Estate Broker

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Sheldon Paley Working for you day and night... Listing to Sale Search to Purchase NEW 2002 LISTINGS $875,000 S IESTA KEY


Fabulous home completely remodeled. Granite in baths & kitchen. Nothing but the best. Tropical, 3 level contemporary. Legal lower level. Family room, Gated community


Great opportunity for Siesta Key. Large rooms, great kitchen 3BR/2BA great price. Wonderful potential. $10,000 for updating. Price is firm. Blocks to beach.




SOLD BY S HELDON SOLD BY S HELDON Custom built, Floridian masterpiece Fully furnished 2BR/2BA gulf front. on a 0.6 acre corner lot with rich & Close to shopping and restaurants. mature landscaping, high ceiling inte- Small pets welcome. rior, caged heated pool. Large gourmet kitchen, 3/4BR, 3BA Split plan.











downtown from this wonderful home with hardwood floors, beam ceilings in family room, pool, & private dock. $795,000

61 South Boulevard of Presidents, Sarasota, FL 34236 ST. ARMANDS C IRCLE




bedroom pool home boasts a splendid kitchen/family room and sumptuous master suite. Sailboat water dock. $1,599,000

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Call Sheldon Paley - Your Longboat Key Neighbor 941 924-9000 877 924-9001 email: spaley@arvida

oriented gated enclave, 10,000+ square feet of top quality. Tennis court, two pools, two docks, four car garage. $5,975,000

situated for gulf and sunset views. Traditional 3 BR home of impeccable quality. Breakfast area & two terraces $999,000



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Beachfront Luxury at Hudson Bayou Promenade: Beautifully Charmer: Walk to


LISTED BY S HELDON LISTED BY S HELDON Fabulous bay views, remodeled with Lovely 2BR/2BA condominium granite countertops, maple cabinets recently updated with new carpet and ceramic tile. Offered fully furnished. new windows 2BR/2BA.


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Free tax help AARP and VITA volunteers will provide free tax help through April 12 in various places. Bradenton: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, Manatee County Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd.; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Elks Lodge, 2511 75th St. W.; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Trinity Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W.; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays, Braden River Branch Library, 4915 53rd Ave. E.; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, Church of the Cross, 5051 26th St. W.; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, South Manatee County Library, 6081 26th St. W. Holmes Beach: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Bring a copy of your 2001 tax return; 2001 federal tax package with address label, all 2001 tax-related documents, and the cost and purchase date for all investments sold or exchanged.

Marina’s Face, Body and Nail Care of Longboat Key 595 Bay Isles Parkway, Suites B and D of the CEO Center in Mediterranean Plaza Year Established: 2001 Type of store: A stress-free environment where the face, body and nails can be cared for. Most expensive item: $125 Least costly item: $15 Owners: Marina Varon and Edit H. Kovacs Favorite book: Deepak Chopra writes Varon’s favorite books. Favorite movie: “Legally Blonde” is Varon’s favorite. What you like best about this area: “The beautiful sea,” says Varon. “We’re the luckiest people to be living in this area.” What you like least: “The traffic,” Varon answers. Best business advice ever received: “To make sure that I offer top quality treatments and to keep myself little,” replies Varon. If you could reincarnate, what would you be: Varon would be a horse because they are very gentle and sensitive. — Compiled by Shay Sullivan

BAY ISLES/DEEP WATER DOCK 4BR/4BA plus den & family room, 3800 sq. ft. Features include open floor plan, large pool & spa, high ceilings, quality spacious kitchen, ceramic floors, marble master bath, outdoor cook center. $1,399,000.




The ultimate in luxury living indoors and out with 4500 sq. ft. of air conditioned space & 5300 sq. ft. of terrace. Comfort and sophistication are found in the flowing interior with the finest of features. Unobstructed, breathtaking views of Sarasota, the Gulf and Bay are duplicated by no others. $3,999,999.



Overlooking a deep water canal with 80’ dock & lift, this 3BR/3.5BA home in the LBK Club is a dream come true for any boater. High ceilings, 1000 sq. ft. master suite, 50’ pool, are just a few of the highlights. $1,199,000.

J oyce Huber 383-2440

M ark Huber 383-6739

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ST. ARMANDS - WASHINGTON DR. Rare opportunity to update present home designed by famous architect, Zimmerman, or create your own dream castle. Or, possibly build TWO spacious homes in this prestigious location on two contiguous lots (22,000 sq. ft. total land). Near beach, fine restaurants and shops. Call 383-8273 for survey, information. BUILDERS WELCOME. EXCHANGE PREFERRED. Ask for Laura H. 941-388-4433 • Res: 941-383-8273 Toll Free: 1-800-950-4959 • Fax: 941-388-5201




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Marina Varon, left, and Edit H. Kovacs each have 17 years of experience.



Sensational value in the Bayou! Lakefront Views! Spacious, well designed home, vaulted ceilings, numerous skylights, huge kitchen/ family room with loads of cabinets and custom built-ins, new roof and exterior paint. $699,000.

3BR/3BA corner unit on the Bay within walking distance to the marina & golf course. Over 3000 sq. ft., floor to ceiling windows & wrap around terraces with beautiful bay views. Furnished. $999,000.

MAINTENANCE FREE LIVING Privacy of a single family home in Queens Harbour. 3BR/3.5BA, over 3000 sq. ft. with 15’ high ceilings, floor to ceiling aquarium windows, and a large caged pool in a very tropical setting. $944,000.

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BOATING WATER LBK CLUB Priced for a quick sale, this 3BR/2BA home with new dock to accommodate large boat or 2 small ones on the 2 lifts. Open floor plan, spacious family room, bonus 1st level. $879,900.

5400 + sq. ft., 5 bedroom home with den, kitchen-family, living, dining and game rooms, plus three car garage and magnificent views of Sarasota skyline. Walk to St. Armands Circle. $4,000,000.

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Exceptional bay front value in Bay Isles. Large 3 bedroom/ 2.5 bath with huge eatin kitchen, family room, screened bay view terrace, separate dining room and closets galore. A condo that feels like a private home. Priced to sell at $895,000.

NEW VILLA - LONGBOAT KEY CLUB Under construction, one of a kind villa, 3BR/3.5BA, many upgrades including pool & spa. Still time to make custom selections. Panoramic golf course lake view. $799,000.



This seventh level condominium has glorious Gulf views and sunsets. A 2 bedroom, 2 bath plan with marble entry, marble baths, large his and her walk in closets awaits beach lovers. Offered for $629,000.

LONGBOAT HARBOUR TOWERS...#303, This lovely direct gulf front, 1 bedroom, 1 bath condominium is a fabulous getaway. Turnkey furnished. Offered for $329,900.



Updated County Club Shores home featuring wood floors, vaulted ceilings, gourmet kitchen, and beautiful waterviews. 3B/3B, den and family room. $699,000.

PROMENADE...#402, A wonderful corner condominium with


1BR, beachside condo. Rental. $199,500.

bay and gulf views from sunrise to sunset. An ambiance of casual elegance awaits you for easy living in this full services building. Offered for $825,000.

BAY ISLES BAYOU - REDUCED Single story, custom home with high ceilings, open floor plan, 3BR/3.5BA, spacious kitchen, caged pool & lanai in a private setting. $749,000$ 699,000.

PROMENADE...#811, Direct Gulf front, 3 bedrooms, 3 bath

See Virtual Tour at: 201 Gulf of Mexico Drive • Longboat Key, FL 34228 3142



luxurious condominium with wonderful views up and down the beach. Sold for $900,000.

BERN CREEK RANCHES...This 5-acre ranch has two pastures fenced in for horses. The home was custom built in 1995 with 3 bedroom, 2 baths, and family room. Professionally landscaped wooded area between pastures. Offered at $295,000.

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Top 25 building permits

63 Million


These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department in February, in order of dollar amounts.



501 Bay Isles Road 6860 Longboat Drive 664 Lyons Lane 2151 Gulf of Mexico Drive 2161 Gulf of Mexico Drive 2151 Gulf of Mexico Drive 435 L’Ambiance Drive 10 Lighthouse Point Drive 1924 Harbourside Drive 645 Spanish Drive N. 455 Longboat Club Road 4454 Gulf of Mexico Drive 2161 Gulf of Mexico Drive 3322 Bayou Road 1641 Harbor Cay Lane 615 Marbury Lane 570 Golf Links Lane 3351 Bayou Sound 511 Wedge Lane 1924 Harbourside Drive 531 Wedge Lane 581 Bowsprit Lane 501 Putter Lane 3291 Bayou Road 3591 Bayou Circle


new FEMA conforming wing, interior remodel new studio building new single-family residence interior renovation new flooring, base boards and paint new flooring, base boards and paint re-roof revetment re-roof remodel kitchen, bath, enclosed lanai re-roof re-roof flooring, painting and base molding re-roof pool bathroom addition pool and deck addition re-roof install stucco over wood sidings re-roof add spiral stairs re-roof re-roof re-roof re-roof re-roof

town of Longboat Key Longboat Key Center for the Arts Rihcarr Development Corporation Mr. and Mrs. Shottenstein Mr. and Mrs. Tursso Longboat Key Realty Martha Martell John W. Saputo Fairway Bay Condominiums Francine Gietl The Pierre Condominiums Longboat Harbor Condominiums Gail Jordan Dean T. Ducray James J. Jr. and Anne J. White Joachim W. Schroeter Alice-Jean B. McFarlin Garnet Corporation Gregory J. and Patricia D. Watson Dick Lamb Stanley H. Given II Robert D. and Barbara A. Maier William S. Cloud Arthur and Barbara Taub Jerry L. Chitwood

Amount $2,660,000 $618,277 $250,000 $110,924 $60,000 $45,000 $42,450 $41,800 $40,600 $38,000 $34,709 $32,874 $31,000 $29,000 $28,159 $27,200 $22,475 $22,000 21,250 $20,800 $19,900 $18,000 $17,920 $17,300 $17,292

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MBIANCE - Sunrise-Sunset, Gulf, Bay, golf course and city skyline views will dazzle you! Stone flooring, 12’ ceilings, designer furnishings, 3BR or 2BR plus den or office. Outstanding amenities include private beach, heated pool and spa, sauna, fabulous fitness facilities, full-time concierge, private elevators, guarded gate entry, hospitality suites. $1,925,000. IZCAYA ENTHOUSE – Magnificent, fabulous custom corner penthouse w/spectacular panoramic views of Gulf & Bay. Most sought after floor plan w/Saturnia floors, marble baths, granite kitchen. Private elevator. $3,250,000.



GRAND BAY– Desirable Antigua model in Bldg. IV with panoramic views of Sarasota Bay, marina and golf course. Wrap around terrace, 3BR, high ceiling. Incredible amenities, 2 parking spaces, private beach club. $1,549,000.

THE PIERRE - Capture sunrises and sunsets, gulf, bay skyline and golf course views from this spectacular 5th floor home in resort style building. Southwest exposure, light, bright and airy, this unit boasts 2BR + den, 2 balconies, glass block, mirrors, plantation shutters, garage parking, many amenities. $975,000.


Sabal Cove, Longboat Key

TANGERINE BAY- Direct Bayfront in rarely Gavailable choice IN


building. Spectacular views of city skyline.


Judy Kepecz 800.910.8728 (941)387.1825 4 BR/3.5 BA, 4200 sq ft exclusive designer home, built by James Clabaugh, with a traditional interior and tantalizing water and golf course views. $1,699,000. Call Esther for a personal tour Esther Lennox, Realtor® RoseBay Real Estate, Inc. Cell: 941-650-0666 Office: 941-366-7673 email:

BUTTONWOOD HARBOR, LONGBOAT KEY. 3BR/2.5BA, 3000 square feet +, bright and spacious. Ground level additional 3000 square feet. Pool, dock available, beach one block away. $785,000 3142


Call 383-9181


GULF FRONT- North Siesta Key small exclusive enclave tucked into almost an acre with spectacular views of the Gulf, Big Pass, South Lido, the bayou and sunsets. $1,995,000.

BAYFRONT COUNTRY CLUB SHORES – Dock your boat at home when you build on this sailboat deep waterfront lot with unparalleled views. $1,479,000.


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ARBOR CRES ATERFRONT – On a large yacht basin to Sarasota Bay. Southern exposure, palatial in size, exquisite details. 5,300 sq. ft. residence will feature 4 BR, including first floor master suite, soaring ceilings, library, game room, custom gourmet island kitchen, granite surfaces, butler’s pantry, fireplace, pool/spa & elevator. Sailboat protected dock, circular paved driveway, 3 car garage. $3,700,000.


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6101 Marina Drive • Holmes Beach (941) 778-6066 •


PERICO BAY CLUB NATURE ABOUNDS Lovely 2/2 with 1 car garage, views overlooking the bay with its sparkling water, sunrise and sunset reflection illuminate the water and sky. This condo is light and bright. Very easy to show. $247,500



941-383-6411 • 800-910-8728 Email:

ANNA MARIA ISLAND JUST LIKE NEW 2/2, 1 car garage completely remodeled inside and out, Corian counters, new bathrooms, new windows and doors, new A/C system, new appliances, new ceilings and floors. $339,000


Spectacular 3/4BR, 4.5BA home with views of Bay, city, sunrises & sunsets. Sailboat water, dock, huge caged pool. $3,000,000


SHORT WALK TO THE BEACH 2/2, 1 car garage plus a carport. 1235 sq. ft. of living area, very private yard, cozy screened porch, very spacious and well maintained home. Move right in, with deeded boat dock. $324.900

Prestigious bayside LBK. 3/4BR, 4BA, 2 half baths, high ceilings, travertine floors, sailboat water with dock. $1,625,000


On Sarasota Bay. Walk to St. Armands and beach. With dock. 2BR/2BA, completely remodeled. $285,000


AYFRONT - Brand new Key West style custom 2 story home with every amenity. Gourmet island kitchen, 2 see-through fireplaces, elevator, wet bar, huge master suite and so much more. Dock with davits and hoist, spectacular water view. $2,475,000.



QUEENS HARBOR – Magnificently furnished with


spectacular water view. Elegantly detailed spacious floor plan with volume ceilings, private beach. $959,000.


To talk with Marianne Correl, call her Toll Free 1-800-865-0800 or e-mail, also

Coldwell Banker Previews • 201 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Ste 1, Longboat Key

Offering best customer service and least problems when selling or buying. I take the time to listen to your needs.






On St. Armands with full bay views. 2BR/2BA, 30’ boat dock, turnkey furnished. $2,000 + utilities/month


ABAL OVE – Waterfront masterpiece! Almost new, exquisite design and detail meet fabulous lakefront location. Grand living room with soaring ceilings and designer built-ins, separate elegant dining, impressive wood paneled library. 4 bedrooms, including grand master with his and her baths. Filipino shell tile and granite cabana in outdoor living area complement the large, heated pool. 3 car garage. $1,699,000.

CANAL HOME AT THE BEST PRICE 3/2, 2 car garage. Great price for this lovely home. Don’t miss a great opportunity to own on the island. Very desirable elevated canal home, sail boat water, open plan, cathedral ceiling, screened patio overlooking the canal, views of the bay. $495.000

Spectacular custom home in C.C. Shores. Marble Foyer & living room, vaulted ceilings, bay & city views, pool w/spa $1,950,000



201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite #1 Longboat, Key FL 34228


Marketplace Neuromuscular Institute welcomes new staff Bradenton’s Neuromuscular Institute proudly welcomes Janis Sherer Ballard to its staff of wellness providers. Ballard has a master’s degree in physical therapy from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, Calif., after receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Since moving to Florida five years ago, Ballard has worked at both Bon Secours Venice Hospital and Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Her specialty is manual therapy and patient education. Ballard incorporates joint mobilization, biomechanics, posture training, therapeutic exercise, ultrasound and other modalities to achieve effective pain relief and restore and then maintain normal movement patterns.

Two entities form partnership A partnership has been formed between the Roskamp Management Company, LLC and Woodmere Associates to own Jacaranda Trace (formerly Woodmere at Jacaranda).



BUSINESS Roskamp Management Company, LLC is the majority owner and managing partner. A senior retirement community of mid-rise Mediterranean-style buildings, Jacaranda Trace offers condo and villa floorplans, as well as 86,000-square-feet club house. A free-standing health center is planned to be developed along with Phase II and III, construction for which will start in 2003 and wrap up in 2008.

Real estate reports Michael Saunders & Company — Annette Rogers of South Longboat Key office was the top sales associate company-wide for last year. She has been recognized as a member of the Founder’s Circle. She closed more than $54 million in sales. She was honored at the awards ceremony Feb. 8 held at the Chelsea Center. Annette Rogers Also, Chad Roffers has joined the Main Street office, specializing in waterfront, investment and residential property sales. He has an MBA from the University of Denver and a BA in political science from the University of Colorado. Wagner Realty — The top agents for the month of January were announced. Listing honors go to Cindy English and Mary Wickersham of the Longboat Key office,

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Herold Small of the Anna Maria Island office and David Fletcher of the commercial division. Tops in sales were English and Wickersham, David Moynihan of the Anna Maria Island office and Roy Watters of the commercial division. The top agents for the month of February were announced. Listing honors go to Yvonne Higgins of the Anna Maria Island office, Dixie Armbruster of the Manatee Avenue office, Patrick DeFeo of the Wildewood office, David Tyler of the Palmetto office, Judy McCauley & Gina Uliano of the El Conquistador office, Vickie Smalls of the SR 64 office, Mary Wickersham and Cindy English of the Longboat Key office and Sonya Powell of the commercial division. Tops in sales were Higgins, Barbara Mollanazar of the Manatee Avenue office, Tyler, DeFeo, Stan Doan of the El Conquistador office, Janice Fendel of the SR 64 office and David Fletcher of the commercial division. Island Real Estate — The top selling and listing agents for January were announced. Richard Freeman was named top listing agent and top sales agent. Wedebrock Real Estate Company — The top producers for February were announced. The top listing agents were: Lynda Melnick of the Longboat Key Tina Rudek office; the team of Mike Migone Mike Migone and Tina Rudek of the Longboat Key office; Bill Greene of the Avenue of the Flowers office and Gail Tutewiler of the Homes Beach office. Top selling agents were: the team of Cindy and Gary LaFlamme of the Longboat Key office; Lynda Melnick of the Longboat Key office; Bill Greene of the Avenue of the Flowers office; and Mary Bowlby of the commercial division. — Compiled by Shay Sullivan



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➤SUNSETS - SUNRISE...Enjoy both from this 5th floor 3BR with three terraces. Furnished - fireplace - 2 car garage plus small community $749,000.

• PENTHOUSE #534 3/4 Bedrooms, 3.5 baths 2,840 sq ft . 2 car garage. $985,000 • PENTHOUSE #535 3/4 Bedrooms, 4.5 baths 2,900 sq ft 2 car garage. $995,000 • PENTHOUSE #536 3/4 Bedrooms, 3.5 baths 2,840 sq ft 2 car garage. $1,100,000 OR THE THREE DIRECT BAYFRONT, SIDE-BYSIDE UNITS WOULD PROVIDE A WONDERFUL FAMILY COMPOUND FOR $3,000,000.

PROMENADE ➤SUPER SHARP...Panoramic views spanning bay to beach - 2BR plus den - sumptuous hardwood floors noteworthy amenities. $799,000.


BOATING WATERFRONT - 3BR/3BA home just minutes from the bay! Featuring wet bar, fireplace, separate living & family rooms, vaulted ceilings, spacious lanai, heated pool & spa, summer kitchen, full pool bath. $829,000. TURTLE ROCK - Expansive 3-4BR/3BA home with open lake front views. Built by Lee Wetherington with 3 car garage, corian counters, eat-in kitchen with separate dining room, walk-in closets and more. $359,900. ISLAND FANTASY - 3BR/4.5BA tropical oasis with amazing view of the water close to the beaches. Chef’s kitchen, pool, dock, his & her master baths & closets, fireplace and more add to the charm. $949,000. WEST OF THE TRAIL - 4BR/4BA home including new heated pool, spacious lanai, crown molding builtins, separate exercise room, wine closet, wet bar and much more in Cherokee Park. $795,000. LOCATION DOES MATTER - 3-4BR/3BA west of the Trail home on private cul-de-sac. Separate living and family rooms, hardwood floors, chef’s kitchen, new refrigerator, custom built-ins, newer windows, A/C, washer/dryer. $234,500. TROPICAL VACATION - Quiet and private 2BR/2BA tropical home offering incredible landscaping, patio, pool and spa, fireplace, French doors, hardwood floors and more, near shopping and beaches. $354,000. THE KEY LOCATION - Relaxing 3-4BR/2.5BA island home. This home is open and spacious with improvements galore. Separate living & family rooms, wood and tile floors, new pool area & more. $449,000.

Harbour Court on the Bay

➤AWESOME VIEWS...City skyline, bay, golf course & beach! Penthouse living behind the gates. Great security & amenities. 2 parking spaces. $999,000.

Unique enclave of only 18 homes designed to capture the spectacular bay views. Seldom available, this Longboat Key home features almost 3000 sq. ft. under air, 4BR/4BA, your own private pool, 2 car garage, back yard boat dock, Har-Tru tennis court, beach club membership. Don’t wait! $1,050,000.

WATER CLUB ➤LIFESTYLE IN ITSELF...Endless sunset views from this superbly designed 3BR direct beachfront. Open and spacious with oversized terraces. Provides the ultimate in waterfront living. $2,695,000.



UNPARALLELED GULF & BAY VIEWS complement every imaginable upgrade in this spectacular 3425 sq. ft. 4BR, 4.5BA Water Club residence. This home conveys the ultimate in luxury and fine design. SALE PENDING $2,895,000.

➤PRESTIGIOUS ADDRESS...The finest design and workmanship are evident in this meticulous, customized gulf front condo. Spacious 4BR residence offers privacy, fabulous views, large terrace with summer kitchen, plus private 2-car garage. Furnished at $4,250,000.

WATERFRONT ELEGANCE ➤OVER TWO ACRES... Sumptuous 5BR/5.5BA Mediterranean home with commanding views of the river and bay. Beautifully accented with custom finishes, the residence has pool, beach, dock and separate guest house. $2,950,000.

LIDO SHORES ➤ESTATE NEIGHBORHOOD... Gated entry and treecanopied drive lead to Sarasota’s crown jewel. 4 plus acres and over 380 feet of beach.... 2 pools with waterfall. 11 room residence including staff quarters. Gracious living on a grand scale. $11,900,000.

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LONGBOAT KEY DUPLEX Great little duplex on canal with boat dock and caged pool. Bright and spotless, this duplex can offer additional income to a waterside lifestyle. $285,000. BUTTONWOOD COVE Popular Beach to Bay complex with direct water views, 2BR, 2BA, turnkey furnished, 10x28 lanai, boat slip, parking garage, heated pool & clubhouse. SALE PENDING $369,000. CEDARS EAST New furnishings, carpeting and paint. 2BR/2BA townhome with large garage. Popular complex w/Jr. Olympic size pool. 10 Har-Tru tennis courts. Excellent rental income. $257,500. SEAPLACE Fourth floor. 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf-front Penthouse. Nicely furnished, covered parking. SALE PENDING $385,000. FAIRWAY BAY Unique townhouse features 2BR/2BA, vaulted ceilings, fireplace, large garage & storage area. SALE PENDING $315,000.


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SIESTA KEY GATED AND PRIVATE ESTATE $2,950,000. Almost 3 acres on the water. Delightful family home on the lagoon with guest house. LONGBOAT HOME ON DEEP WATER CANAL - $1,695,000. - Dramatic 40’ great room, volume ceilings, elevator, exercise room, sound system, decorator finishes and protected boating. 4000 sq. ft. ST. ARMANDS MINI ESTATE - $2,495,000. A delightful home on water with just about every super detail imaginable! 4 bedrooms, 5 baths, wine cellar, heated pool, gourmet kitchen, etc, etc. LARGE FAMILY HOME AT THE BEACH! $1,150,000. Key West style home with exciting floor plan. Multiple decks for viewing. This lovely home has never been lived in. Open Daily 1-4. THE ULTIMATE IN SEASIDE LIVING! $1,150,000. Gorgeous model at Conrad Beach w/generous master suite, large open plan, viewing deck, gourmet kitchen. Just steps to the beach. Open Daily 1-4. DAZZLING COURTYARD HOME W/BAY VIEWS - $1,195,000. - Spacious and bright single family home w/guest house. Very, very private. Lushly landscaped. Customized and in “Like-new” condition. MEDITERRANEAN STYLE FAMILY HOME IN THE OAKS! - $1,050,000. - Over 4,800 sq.ft. with 6 bedrooms, office, den, huge pool area & family room. Professionally customized and furnished. VERY SPECIAL COREY’S LANDING HOME $899,000. - Golf course views from this super maintenance-free home on Longboat with wood floors, fireplace, heated pool and designer perfection.

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bsolutely stunning! Describes this 2BR/2BA renovated condo at the Essex House. You will enjoy living in the downtown, bayfront area, close to everything. Designer decorated w/pickled parquet floors, crown moulding, freshly papered and painted. Spacious lanai for city views. Secure building. MLS#217109 Offered for $330,000

ANTIGUA MODEL The créme de la créme of Antiguas. Coveted SW corner of Bldg. 4 affording you not only complete privacy, but also an unobstructed view of the MARINA, Bay and Sarasota skyline, Exquisite details include custom built-ins, luxurious master suite, spectacular window coverings, designer furnishings. An absolute dream residence. $1,650,000. BISCAYNE MODEL Panoramic views of Sarasota Bay, Gulf and golf course. SALE PENDING $895,000. CAYMAN MODEL Elegance personified in this luxurious residence. Floor to ceiling windows offer breathtaking views of the bay. SALE PENDING $995,000. CALL Linda at 383-7591 • A/H (941)388-1821

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DESIGNER PERFECTION ON THE BEACH! $1,895,000. - 9th floor Waterclub unit with gorgeous gulf and bay views. SUPER WATER CLUB OFFERING! $1,299,000. - Lowest price in this new, gorgeous beachfront condo. 3BR/4.5BA. Sunset views and 3 balconies. PANORAMIC VISUAL DELIGHTS! - $959,000. - Exquisite Grand Bay Biscayne with gorgeous tiled floors, sound system throughout and upgrades galore. LUXURIATE ON LIDO! - $979,500. - 3BR/3BA condominium home in L’Elegance. Views of both gulf and bay. Corner unit w/generous wraparound balconies EXQUISITE CONDOMINIUM HOME ON THE BEACH - $629,000. - Wraparound terraces for ultimate viewing pleasures. Bay City, Gulf and Garden views. Turnkey furnished 2BR unit at the Promenade. SIESTA KEY TOWNHOME W/BOAT DOCK $624,900. - Sparkling 3BR/3.5BA + loft w/ water views, dock w/lift, volume ceilings. Open plan. BOATERS DELIGHT - $535,000. - Longboat Key townhome that’s sophisticated and hi-tech, Saturnia marble floors, new baths and kitchen, fireplace, boat dock for 46’ boat & TK furnished. BEACH FRONT BUILDING AT INN ON THE BEACH - $310,000. - Club suite with direct gulf views. Recently refurbished. Great income producer.

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If your organization would like to have meetings or events publicized, mail or fax the information at least one week in advance to The Longboat Observer, Box 8100, Longboat Key 34228; fax: 3837193 or e-mail to All announcements must be typed, include hour and date of meeting, complete address of meeting place and a telephone reference number. To ensure accuracy, no telephone calls. Deadline is the previous Tuesday, 5 p.m.

on the Key

Fourth Annual Sunday in the Park Concert Series — swing with Big Z and The Sophistikatz from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday,

March 17, in Joan M. Durante Park. Bring chairs, blankets, picnic baskets and non-alcoholic drinks. Tickets are $5. Information, 383-2466 or 383-5509.

Bayshore Bioquest — explore the marine life of Sarasota Bay at New Pass from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16. Cost is $4 for American Littoral Society members and $5 for nonmembers. Ruth, 966-2297. The Ditchfield Family Singers Concert — will be presented by the St. Armands Key Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 17, in the church sanctuary. Admission is free but a love offering will be taken. Information, 388-1234. Longboat Key Democratic Club — will meet for a luncheon

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◆ Lido Shores Gulf Front Lot! Approximately 2 acres in prime Sarasota location surrounded by multi-million dollar homes. Plans have been approved for a single family residence. $5,985,000. ◆ Coral Cove... Waterfront opportunity in Coral Cove! Build your dream home on large lot, on sailboat water w/ direct access to the bay. $499,000. ◆ Sabal Cove... Choose from 3 desirable lots in an area of million $ homes. $399,000, $349,000, $349,000.


◆ L’Ambiance... The ultimate in luxury & sophistication! Sweeping views of the gulf, Islandside golf course & Sarasota bay! 5200 square feet with 14” ceilings, enormous wraparound terrace & three covered parking spaces! Unfurnished. $7,399,000. ◆ L’Ambiance... Very rarely available “Royal” floor G! plan with N I D N E P E sweeping gulfS views! $2,995,000. AL3BR plus office, ◆ Water Club...“Arlington” penthouse! 3,400 sq.ft., of sophisticated design with incredible gulf views. $2,795,000. ◆ Vizcaya...Spacious, luxurious condo with the feel of a single family home. Exquisitely furnished & appointed with a private pool & stunning views of the gulf! $2,649,000. ◆Water Club...Superbly designed “Brighton” Penthouse! Former model with 3,050 square feet of living area w/magnificent views! 3 bedrooms w/a secluded study off the master suite. $2,195,000. ◆ Marina Bay... Spectacular bay & city views this DING!complement N E P E graciously appointed 3BR/3.5BA residence $1,295,000. L A S ◆ Marina Bay... Extremely appealing & spacious bay front condo of almost 3,400 sq ft in close proximity to marina & all island amenities. 3BR, 3BA, enormous wrap around screened terrace overlooking bay, spacious kitchen & family room, separate dining room, great closet & storage space w. quality appointments throughout. $899,000. ◆ Aquarius... Direct gulf front with beach views from every room! Updated with tile throughout, corian kitchen. $649,000. ◆ Buttonwood Cove... Corner penthouse! 3BR w/views of gulf & bay! Including deep-water dock. $455,000.

◆Harbour Oaks... 2000 sq. ft. treehouse! 3BR/2 BA, w/extended family room, eat-in kitchen, fireplace, vaulted ceilings, 2 car gar. $334,900. ◆ Inn on the Beach... Enjoy club suite & all the amenities of a 4 star luxury resort. 2000 Gross Rental income of $49,905.64. $239,000. ◆ Inn on the Beach... Club suite with lush, unobstructed views. 2000 Gross Revenue of $46,128.50. Gulf front, 4 star luxury resort. Excellent rental history! $209,000.

Residential Homes

◆ Sabal Cove...Lakefront home, incredible attention to detail! Open plan, volume ceilings, gourmet kitchen, spectacular dining room, huge master with office & exercise room $1,995,000. ◆ Lido Shores...Paul Rudolph’s renowned “Umbrella House”. This icon of modernism built in 1953 is located on Lido Key near St. Armands Circle. 3BR/3BA, pristine conditiion. Original details & built-ins Private pool area. $1,195,000. ◆ Royal Palm Harbor/Siesta Key...Terrific location! Sailboat Water, third house from the bay, walk to Siesta beach! Is being remodeled to preserve old Florida charm! $950,000. ◆ The Bayou...Immaculately maintained home with 12’ to 14’ ceilings, open floor plan, light & bright, newer kitchen with granite counters, 3 bedroom, office, pool/spa - Spotless. $799,000. ◆ The Bayou...Well designed home with spacious rooms, high ceilings, skylights, family room w/wet bar & built-ins. Caged lanai area & large open pool on serene, private lake. $699,000. ◆ The Bayou...Least expensive home in the Bayou. Situated on a large corner lot with lush landscaping & caged pool. Open floor plan with large rooms perfect for entertaining. $549,000. ◆ Harbour Acres...Prestigious Harbour Acres! Attractive circular drive leads to updated home on large, wooded lot with heated pool & caged lanai. $489,000.

Investment Opportunity

◆ Gulf Front...P&L statement available or consider this as a building opportunity... Potential for construction of multi-family complex. $2,295,000.

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201 Gulf Of Mexico Dr. • Longboat Key • FL, 34228

at noon Tuesday, March 19, at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites-Longboat Key. Jan Schneider, the Democratic primary candidate for the U.S. Congress, House of Representatives, will be the speaker. Cost is $18. RSVP, 955-0208.

Looking for a “Nooner” — a Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce event, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Café Don Giovani. Cost is $10. RSVP, 387-9519. Business After Hours — a Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce event, will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Bayfront Park and Recreation Center. Entertainment will be provided by Van the Reggae Man. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. RSVP, 387-9519. Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key — meets for a breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. every Thursday at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort. Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick of Mote Marine Laboratory will speak March 14. Information, 383-5050. Rotary Club of Longboat Key — club will be chartered Friday, March 15, at Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort. Cocktail hour will start at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $30. Marilyn Bezner, 387-0706, or Marge or Pete Cypher, 4754805. The Education Center — offers health and wellness programs at 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Spring term includes Yoga, Bridge, Movie Classics, Meditation, Creative Jewelry Making, John Keats, Tai Chi, The Book Club, Creative Writing, Masterpieces of The National Gallery, Washington D.C., Watercolor, NIA, Fishing, The Feldenkrais Method and Japanese Art History. Lecture Series 2002 continue at 3 p.m. Tuesdays through March. Information, 383-8811 or CPR, AED, Fire Extinguisher Classes — are offered to residents, condos and businesses of Longboat Key by the Longboat Key Fire/Rescue. Free. Call 316-1944 for schedule. Peli-Boat Educational Tours — are offered by the Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, and from noon to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays (depending on the weather). Tours depart from the Holiday Inn Marina. Cost ranges from $5.25 to $16. Information, 388-4444. Longboat Lady Cruise — will be hosted by The Education Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 15. It will cover the barrier islands of Longboat Key, Lido Key and Siesta Key. Passengers will view multi-million dollar waterfront properties, dolphins and waterfowl in their native habitat. Cost, $80 for members and $90 for non-members, includes a picnic-style lunch. Call the center for details and to make reservations at 383-8811. Sarasota Shell Club — will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in the Education Center, Mote Marine Laboratory. Fran Schlusemann, 739-0908. Simmons College Club of Southwest Florida — will meet for a luncheon Monday, March 18, at the Resort at Longboat Key Club. Bobbie Banan, 383-2659, or Marion Levine, 383-1812. The Selby Public Library Bookmobile — will be at the Longboat Library, located at 555 Bay Isles Road, from 1:15 to 2 p.m. every Monday.

public events Historic Walking Tours — to celebrate the Manatee heritage days will be conducted by the Historical Resources Department of the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court’s office at 2 p.m. Thursdays, March 14, and at 10 a.m. March 28, at a number of locations. Information, 749-7165. Ellen Meade Scholarship Pageant — will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, and at 3:15 and 6:45 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for each event. Information, 755-1757. Chocolate Festival — will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Sarasota Square Mall. Tickets are $10. Proceeds will benefit The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Volunteer Connections. Dianne, 4968466. St. Patrick’s Day Celebration — will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium. Individual tickets are $35, or $300 for a table of 10. Information, 725-4500 or Annual Spring Fashion Show Luncheon — sponsored by St. Bernard’s Ladies Guild, will be held at noon Wednesday, March 20, at the Activity Center, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Tickets are $10. RSVP, 778-3397. Kallah, Festival of Jewish Living and Learning — will be celebrated Sunday to Friday, March 17 to 22, at the Flanzer Jewish Community Center. Events will include Seder of Hope, Jewish Women in Theatre, Songs of Our People, Songs of Jewish Immigrants and Myths of Aging. Costs begins at $5. Betsy Schwartz, 378-5568, Ext. 215. “Chicken Soup for the Grandparent’s Soul” — authors


Meladee and Hanoch McCarthy will speak from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at The Friendship Center, Sarasota. Information, 955-2122.

Florida West Coast Symphony Association Designer Showcase — is held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday through Saturday; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday; and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday through March 17 at Phillippi Mansion at Phillippi Estate Park. It is chaired by Ann Proctor and Meg Ryan. Tickets are $15. Lee, 363-0356 Outstanding Citizen Award — will be presented by the Sarasota Kiwanis Foundation to attorney and civic leader Charles D. “Dan” Bailey Jr. at a 6 p.m. banquet Saturday, March 16, at Michael’s On East. Tickets are $75. Information, 365-2283. Gem & Jewelry Show & Sale — will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, March 15 to 17, at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. Admission is $4 for three days. Information, 954-4165. 66th Annual Sarasota County Fair — will be held Friday through Sunday, March 15 to 24, at Sarasota County Fairgrounds. Features will include Rosaire’s racing pigs, 4-H and FFA exhibits and hobby shows. Details, 9551515. Evening Potpourri: Women’s Voices, Women’s Words — insightful and powerful women’s writings, stories, poetry and quotes will be performed from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County, 340 S. Tuttle

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Ave., Sarasota. Cost is $5. RSVP, 366-1700. Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration — will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Senior Friendship Center, 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota. RSVP, 955-2122. Flea Market — will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 and 20, at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. Admission is $1. Information, 954-4165.

De Soto National Memorial Winter/Spring Season Programs — will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily until mid-April at 75th St. N.W., Bradenton. Themes: The Beginning — Pre-1539 to December 1539; The Journey — December 1953 to September 1543; and The Legacy — September 1543 to Post 1543. Free park admission. Park is open from sunrise to sunset but the parking area is closed and locked at 5 p.m. daily. Charles, 792-0458. Dinner Meeting Reservation Forum — will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at CJ’s Restaurant & Lounge, Forest Lakes Country Club. Cost is $17 and $20. Heather Blanton, director of the Citizens Dispute Settlement Program, will speak. Information, 365-3040.


annerle grew up on the island. She knows all the best neighborhoods as only a native can. In fact, over 90% of her career sales have been right here on the key. But best of all, Hannerle is more than happy to share her in-depth knowledge of neighborhood pricing and the secrets of negotiating from a well-educated position of strength. What’s more, you’ll receive valuable insider intellegence from her highly informative web site and complimentary monthly newsletter. All of which are part of her award winning Relationship Marketing program that has placed her among the top ½% worldwide with Coldwell Banker Previews International. So, whether you’re interested in buying, selling or you simply want to tap into the latest native intelligence on exceptional Longboat Keys properties, call Hannerle Moore today.


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This wonderful two bedroom condominium is beautifully put together and has gorgeous unobstructed bay views. Located on the private side of building #5, this condo also comes with two parking spaces. Go to for a virtual tour. $599,000.

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Totally restored, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home on the canal. This home has wonderful new features; new roof, 40’ boat dock, Trane heating and a/c system, appliances, water heater and fabulous landscaping with coconut palms. Go to for photos. $615,000.


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Unobstructed Bay Views in this must see condominium. Two bedroom, beautifully designer decorated and furnished. Totally redone with stained glass, etched shower doors, built-ins for extra storage, beautifully redone kitchen cabinets, lighting and appliances and the furniture is fabulous. New A?/C and and an under building parking space. Don’t miss this opportunity. Go to for a virtual tour. $399,000.


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New Listing... On the beach at Beachplace. Largest 2BR w/excellent views to Gulf & sunsets. Completely furnished & includes 2 prime parking spaces, one under building. $529,000.

Bay Isles New Construction...This showplace is now days from completion. 6,000 sq ft under roof. Four ensuite bedrooms, library, stainless steel kitchen with butler’s pantry, four court garages, vanishing edge pool, private dock. Bay views on deep sailboat water. $3,500,000.

Two bedroom, split plan condominium with a southern exposure and views from every room of the Gulf, and a peek of the bay. The master bedroom has a marble steam shower, whirlpool tub and two huge walk-in closets. This exclusive complex provides exercise, great security, & concierge. Go to for a virtual tour. $599,000.

wonderfully redone beach cottage is just 2½ blocks from the beach and 2 blocks from the bay and pier. This beach cottage style home is so pretty & private w/lush tropical landscaping & private retreat in the backyard. This home has new kitchen & hardwood floors in main living areas. Go to for photos. $335,000.


WONDERFUL KEY WEST HOME Situated in one of the best locations on Anna Maria Island is this new, four bedroom plus den island home with its own boat dock and lift and located 1½ blocks from a gorgeous white sand beach. Fabulous amenities are ten foot ceilings, hardwood floors throughout, and maple cabinets. Go to for a virtual tour. $875,000.

Boating enthusiasts take note of this gracious home with dock & lift which can easily fit a 30’ + boat. Elegantly designed, this home includes a great room design w/stone fireplace, separate dining room, expansive views of the pavered and caged pool plus the canal. Go to for a virtual tour. $849,000.

Stunning Signature Home In Bay Isles...Over 5100 sq ft of dynamic contemporary design. 4BR’s, family room with wine cellar, saunas, exercise room, private office, 50 ft dock. Designer furnishings & 22 ft inboard are negotiable. $2,995,000. Best Luxury Bayfront Buy...This Grand Bay beauty is completely furnished. Lovely 2BR with an extended sun terrace and excellent Bay views. $489,000.

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Lowest Price Antigua In Grand Bay...One of the few apartments in Grand Bay with no buildings in your view. Forever views of Bay, City & Gulf. Wide sweep from front corner 3BR apartment. $1,388,000. Players Club Three Bedroom... Plus den, open terrace, furnished. $789,000. SALE PENDING IN EIGHT DAYS.

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Fabulously and elegantly redone, turnkey furnished condominium in one of the best locations within Beachplace. Gorgeous views right out to the beach and gulf. Excellent rental. Go to for a virtual tour. $545,000.

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kids’ time

Kid’s Lab Club — a science program for preschoolers, is at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at G.WIZ. Club dues (which include a child and an adult) are $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers per meeting. Joanna Kibbe, 906-1851, Ext. 120. “The Sandbox” — a drop-in play program for kids (birth to 4 years) meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays during school year, except holidays, at the Forty Carrots Family Center, 1500 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. Fee is $8 per session. Information, 365-7716. Gymnastics — registrations are being accepted for gymnastics held through May at Braden River Middle School. Little Gymers, ages 3-5, 6 to 6:50 p.m. Tuesday or Thursday, $20 a month; Beginning Gymers, 6 and older, 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, $42 a month; Intermediate Gymers, enrollment by instructor’s approval only, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, $56 a month. Registration should be done in person at G. T. Bray Park Activity Center. Details, 742-5974. Fur Fun Club — a program for kids ages 6 to 9, will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for


CALENDAR five weeks at Humane Society of Sarasota County Inc., 2331 15th St., Sarasota. Spring Session will meet from April 5 through May 3. Club features dog walking, cat cuddling, animalthemed arts and crafts, animal care lessons and games. Fees are $25 per session. Kate or Shannon, 955-4131.

Fur Fun Summer Camp — (ages 8 to 12) registration for summer sessions will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, March 18, at the Humane Society of Sarasota County Inc., 2331 15th St., Sarasota. Session 1: June 24 to 27. Session 2: July 8 to 12. Session 3: July 22 to 26. Cost is $80 with a $10 discount for each additional sibling. Shannon Koch, 9554131, Ext. 309. Selby Public Library Programs — Granny Goose (ages up to 5 (with adult): Pongo Penguins Whale of a Tale, 10 and 11:15 a.m. Thursday, March 14; A Pelican’s Dream, 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, and 10 and 11:15 a.m. Thursday, March 21. Storytime Station, ages 3 to 5 meet from 10 to 10:25 a.m., ages up to 3 meet from 10:30 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays, March 19: Down on the Farm. Forty Carrots — Partners in Play, ages up to 5, 11 a.m. to noon, Monday, March 18. Movies For Teens, 3:45 p.m. Mondays: March 18: Cartoon Madness. Hooked on Books, “Ballet — Storytelling

Mellonie Smicklas and Terry Zangara have been installed as new board members at the Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary board of directors meeting in January. Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary board of directors members include Terry Zangara, front left, Dr. Mona Schonbrunn, Stella Kelley, Don Randa, rear left, Mellonie Smicklas and Dr. Larry Wilson. Not shown are Alice Mayo Shaw and John Mercurio.

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Through Dance,” for homeschoolers, 2 to 3 p.m., Thursday, March 14. Free. Details, 3161181, Ext. 243.

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Positively Speaking Toastmasters — meet at 6 p.m. Fridays at 803 N. Tamiami Trail. June Wattles, 794-3218. Sarasota Jewish Singles — will meet for dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Oriental Buffet, 4458 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. Meet for Happy Hour at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Downunder Jazz Club, Sarasota Quay. Audra Martin, 3785568, or Mark Seigel, 371-0000. Distinguished Flying Cross Society — lunch meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Royal King Buffet Restaurant, 7610 49th St. N., Pinellas Park. Rod McClellan, 744-97116. Manatee Citizens for Off Leash Areas (MCOLA) — will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, at South County Library. Laurie Crawford, 755-3507. University of Illinois Alumni Club — David Grimes will be the featured speaker at an 11

a.m. luncheon Friday, March 15, at Prestancia. Bert Fivelson, 366-0582.

NYU Alumni Club, West Coast of Florida Chapter — will meet for a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the offices of Barnett, Bolt, Kirkwood & Long, P.A., 601 Bayshore Blvd., Suite 700, Tampa. Details, 813-253-2020. Singles on the Go Travel Club — St. Patrick’s Day Potato Party will be held Sunday, March 17. Cost is $5. Dueling Banjos will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Snook Haven. For time and location, call 3717650, 922-0224, or 342-8635. Sarasota Newcomers Club — meets on the second Thursday of each month, September through May, at various locations. Times vary. Membership is open to permanent residents who have lived in Sarasota less than two years. Cheryl, 358-8046. Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge Club — meets at 12:30 every Wednesday of each month, except the first Wednesday, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave. Cost is $2. Table reservations, Barbara Parkman, 778-3390. Sarasota Power Squadron — Meetings at Forest Lakes Restaurant: “Africa at the Dawn of the 21st Century” Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 14; Fred Strobel, Pd.D., will


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speak on “The Shape of the Economy” at an 11:30 a.m. luncheon Thursday, March 21. Information, Cruise to South Seas Resort will be held from Wednesday to Friday, March 20 to 22. Information, Anna Maria Island Democratic Club — will meet at noon Monday, March 18, at the Beach House Restaurant, Bradenton Beach. Joe McClash, commissioner and past chair of the Manatee County Board of Commissioners, will be the speaker. Details, 778-9287. Navy League of the U.S. — Lt. Col. Lee Kichen AUS (Ret.) will speak at a dinner meeting held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Bird Key Yacht Club. Details, 923-0088.

League of Women Voters of Sarasota County Inc. — Judy Peterson, attorney and co-chair of the “Study on Judicial Independence,” will speak at noon Wednesday, March 20, at Michael’s on East. Cost is $16. Send checks to SCBA, P.O. Box 507, Sarasota, FL 34230. Details, 921-9778. Chi Omega Alumnae Association, SarasotaManatee Area — meets for lunch on the third Wednesday of each month. Lunch Brunch will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Hillview Grill, 1920 Hillview St., Sarasota. Virginia, 371-5106. Executive Women’s Golf Association, CONTINUED ON PAGE 15C


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Manatee Chapter — will kick off its 2002 season at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Tara Golf and Country Club. Cost is $20. Information, 331-2930 or 747-1894. Gourmet Mavens: Social Dining Group — will meet at 11:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the Flanzer Jewish Community Center. They will then visit different restaurants during each trip. Transportation provided. Participants are responsible for the cost of the meal and tip. Audra Martin, 378-5569, Ext. 219, or Under-50 Women’s Mah Jongg Group — will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. every Tuesday at the Flanzer Jewish Community Center, 582 S. McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Bring your own Mah Jongg set and cards. Cost is $2; coffee and tea will be served. Audra Martin, 378-5569, Ext. 219. Smith College Club of Sarasota — will meet at noon Friday, March 15, at the Field Club. Program will include a panel of Smith alumnae discussing their college experiences and a review of “A Woman’s Education,” written by former Smith College President Jill Kerr Conway. RSVP, 921-2776. German American Social Club of Sarasota — meets at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Selby Public Library Conference Room, 1331 First St., Sarasota. Meetings are open to all who want to learn about GermanAmerican culture, heritage and traditions. Charlotte Kappel, 355-8530. Connecticut Club of Sarasota and Manatee Counties — will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at University Park Country Club. Yvonne Dollard, professional actor, will present a program on Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. RSVP, 9279788. Sarasota-Bradenton Sons of Italy Lodge No. 2698 — will meet at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the American Legion Hall, 5201 Richardson Road, Sarasota. Carole, 921-2524, or Len, 744-0603. Sarasota Evening Toastmasters — meet at 6 p.m. every Wednesday at the Terrace Building, corner of Ringling and U.S. 301, on the 10th floor. Wanda Loskot, 342-4203. Women and the Novel Discussion Group — will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County, 806 Pinebrook Plaza, Venice. Cost is $5. RSVP, 485-9724. Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association of Sarasota and Manatee Counties — will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 15, at Meadows Country Club. Details, 475-4643 or 493-8982. Wisconsin Social Club — will meet at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Roaring 20’s — Pizza and Pipes, 6750 N. U.S. 301., Ellenton. Information, 366-4019 or 355-3493. Kiwanis Club of South Sarasota — meets at 12:10 p.m. Tuesdays at the Red Lobster Restaurant, 6747 S. Tamiami Trail. Clint Denn will speak on “Brazil-Giant of the South” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Sarasota High School Auditorium. Information, 346-0194. American Littoral Society — Explore the Myakka River Estuary by kayak from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Cost is $30 for members and $45 for nonmembers. John, 966-7308. Bay Biocruise of Sarasota Bay will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. Bay Biocruise aboard the Carefree Learner from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 20. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Biocruises, 349-7625. Cornell Club of Sarasota-Manatee — will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 14, at Michael’s On East. Gordon T. Law Jr., librarian at the Catherwood Library, Cornell ILR School, will present “Catherwood: Today and Tomorrow.” Leah Strong, 924-0570. Wellesley Club of Sarasota — genetic engineering will be discussed during luncheon held at noon Friday, March 15, in the Community Room, Northern Trust Bank, 1515 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. RSVP, 383-4066. Sierra Club — “The Beauty of Nature” slide show will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Southgate Community Center. Free. Details, 925-9000. Weekend Backpack in Myakka State Park will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17. Fee is $5. RSVP, 794-5980 or 921-5193. Emerson Point Park Hike will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, March 17. Fee is $5. RSVP, 753-9709. Manatee Conservation Committee meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. Directions and RSVP, 747-7194. All Achievers Chapter of ABWA — will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Der Dutchman Restaurant. RSVP, 954-4730. Savvy Solos — hot topics for women who are 50 plus, without children or a significant other, will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County, 340 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. Topic: traveling solo. Cost is $5. RSVP, 366-1700.


CALENDAR Notre Dame Club of Greater Sarasota — annual Universal Notre Dame Night Celebration will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the Senior Friendship Center. Missy Conboy, assistant athletic director at Notre Dame, will the speaker. Cost is $30. RSVP, 377-0609.


Siesta Key Chamber Workshop — will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Chamber Office, 5118 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Village. Cost is $5 for members and $10 nonmembers. RSVP, 349-3800. Free Tax Help — for simple tax returns is offered for seniors older than 60 by the Flanzer Jewish Community Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through April 9 at 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Audra Martin, 378-5568, Ext. 219. AARP Tax Aid — is offered through April 14 at the Senior Friendship centers. Sarasota: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Venice: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Information, 955-2122. Charnel Knowledge: Weeden Island 60 Years After Willey and Woodbury Lecture — will be presented by the Dr. Jerald Milanich, curator in archaeology at Florida Museum of Natural History and professor of anthropology at the University of Florida, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Selby Public Library. Free. Information, 795-2765. Love and Relationships Throughout the Generations — will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County, 340 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. Cost is $5. RSVP, 366-1700. The Garden Within: The Kingdom of Life from a Cellular Viewpoint Class — will be held from 10 a.m. to noon

Wednesday, March 20, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Cost is $20. Information, 366-5731. Free Living Will Workshop — explaining Do Not Resuscitate Order and Health Care Surrogate will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the Venice Senior Friendship Center, and at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Sarasota Friendship Center. RSVP, 800-624-5498. Anna Maria Island Community Center — offers these classes: Adult Dance/Exercise, Aerobics, Ballroom Dancing, Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, Bridge Lessons, Irish Dance, Karate, Line Dancing, Muscles and MORE, Pilates, Qi-Gong, Sewing Group, Stepping Stones: Stained Glass, Tap, Total Body Conditioning, Wellness for Seniors and Yoga/Dance. Cost varies. For schedule, call 778-1908. Photo Workshop: Finding Your Focus — will be conducted by master landscape photographer Bill West from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Crowley Museum and Nature Center. Cost is $30. RSVP, 322-1000. “Reflections of a Former Muslim Fundamentalist” — presented by the Sarasota Worldview Seminar, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Der Dutchman Restaurant. Recommended donation is $12.50. RSVP, 587-3898 or 9261634. Sill Lectures — The Players Theatre, 10:30 a.m.: “The New Landscape of Global Conflict” Thursday, March 14; “An Update on Energy Policy,” Tuesday, March 19; “Notes From Backstage: How to be a Working Playwright,” Wednesday, March 20; “The Four Middle Easts — Central Asia, The Gulf, Palestine and North Africa, Separate but Together,” Thursday, March 21. Thelma Sachs, 371-6162.

Saltwater Fly-Casting School — with Rick Grassett and Ed Hurst, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters. Cost is $95. RSVP, 349-4400. ❑


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The PINEHURST Available October 2,465 sq.ft. a/c 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, family room $378,388 $373,388

The KINGSMILL Available March 2,900 sq.ft. a/c 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, family room $422,014 $417,014

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The SHEFFIELD Available June 2,317 sq.ft. a/c 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, family room $328,117 $323,117

The KINGSMILL Available July 2,900 sq.ft. a/c 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, family room $426,350 $421,350

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The beach buttercup (Turnera ulmifolia) is the lovely bit of yellow that catches the eye as one travels along the Key. Often as the green bushy foundation crops up, it is mistakenly dismissed as a weed. If neglected, it will surprise the homeowner with a lovely shower of bright mid-size yellow blooms all summer long. Look along the roadside as you travel down Gulf of Mexico Drive, and you will find these strikingly bold yellow blooms peeking out among the flora — slightly brighter and more petite are the blooms that complement the landscape. These are native Florida beach buttercup plants that grow naturally in our environment. The first time I noticed these plants, I asked everyone I know about them. One of my longtime friends and a former Garden Club president has one growing at the end of the driveway. She had no answer for my inquiry, which I posed over a year ago. So, that prompted my research to expand to the library and Internet to discover the answer ... beach buttercup! There are many native plants that grow and bloom among our planned and planted landscapes that may be “uninvited,” yet embraced once they arrive. Once my friend realized the name and origin of her yellow blooming bush at the end of her driveway, she was quite enchanted and pleased to have it on the property. I have a cutting from that very bush which is a potted favorite in my front yard.

L’AMBIANCE II - SABAL Panoramic views. Sunrise-Sunset. Gulf, Bay, golf course and city skyline will dazzle you! Stone flooring, 12’ ceilings, designer furnishings, 3BR or 2BR plus den or office. Outstanding amenities include beach, heated pool and spa, sauna, fabulous fitness facilities, full-time concierge, private elevators, guarded gate entry, hospitality suites. Choice tier, furnished. $1,925,000.


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“Vanishing Pollinators: Photography by Carll Goodpasture” — a Smithsonian traveling photo exhibit is featured through March 31 at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Information, 366-5731. Organic Gardener Lecture — Dr. Allen V. Barker, nutritionist, teacher and organic gardener, will offer a how-to guide on becoming a successful backyard organic gardener at 11 a.m. Friday, March 15, in the Life Fitness Center, Manatee Community College, Venice. Free. Information, 408-1485. Roses Class — will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 16, at Palma Sola Botanical Park. Cost is $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Information, 761-2866.

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Beach buttercup blooms with abandon on the Key



The gentle yellow beach buttercup blooms all summer long. Additionally a sprig came up naturally on the north side of my property that I immediately transplanted to the west side for additional color. Both plants are thriving and blooming with abandon. These beach buttercups grow up to three feet high. They darken and diminish with cold and freezing weather, and spring back starting in March. The buttercups will bloom all summer long and return to their greenery sans the bloom in the late fall through the cooler winter months. The beach buttercup is a lovely addition to all gardens, and one that needs no pampering! Gillian Busard is a Longboat Key resident; president of the Longboat Key Garden Club; and permit holder of the Longboat Key Turtle Watch. ❑

Anna Maria Garden Club — will meet for a “Shore Plantings” program at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria Island. Information,

More EZ Orchids Class — will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Cost is $50. Information, 366-5731. Butterfly Gardening Class — will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Palma Sola Botanical Park. Cost for members is $8 and $10 for nonmembers.

“Heritage Gardening” Gardening College — will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Manatee County Fairgrounds. Cost is $10. Information, 722-4524 or 742-5986, Ext. 231. Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale — will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Manatee County Fairgrounds. Free. Information, 722-4524 or 742-5986, Ext. 231. Tropical Epiphyte Mounting Class — will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Cost is $50. Information, 366-5731. Third Annual Spring Garden Tour — will be hosted by the Palma Sola Botanical Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7. Tickets are $10. Information, 761-2866.

Spring Plant Fair — will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday, March 16 to 18, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Admission is $5 and free for members. Information, 366-5731.

Landscaping for Bio-Diversity Class — will be offered by the Florida House Learning Center at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at 4600 Beneva Road, Sarasota. Free. Register, 316-1200.

Information, 761-2866.

Rain Forest Safari — visit Ed Golden’s backyard to learn how to create a rain forest in yours from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 10. Sponsored by Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Cost is $35. Directions, 366-5731. Longboat Key Garden Club — will meet for its annual meeting at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Joan M. Durante Park. Awards will be presented. Barbara Kerwin, 3830772. JCC’s Gardening Club — will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Flanzer Jewish Community Center, 582 S. McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Cost is $2 a visit/class. Audra Martin, 378-5569, Ext. 219. Manatee Orchid Society — will meet at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Art League of Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Ken Anderson, 776-0450, or Roger Miller, 746-2617. ❑

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•Fairfield III - Lot 34 $765,309 / available May Golf and lake view homesite, outdoor kitchen and fireplace, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, paver drive. 3,080 sq.ft. a/c, 3 bedroom, 3 bath plus den

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Tennis buffs travel to tournament BY DORA WALTERS Senior Editor

Forty members of the Longboat Key Club Tennis Association attended the semifinals of the Nuveen Champions tournament at the Naples Bath & Tennis Club March 9.

The group traveled by chartered bus and enjoyed a lunch enroute. The Longboaters watched Aaron Krickstein defeat Jimmy Arias and John McEnroe beat Pat Cash. In the finals on March 10, McEnroe defeated Krickstein to win the tournament.


Gorgeous Gulf & Bay views from the area’s finest condominiums & homes. From Gulf front units with private beaches to downtown units & homes with city night lights!

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Experience… The Difference Certified Previews ® Property Specialist DYNAMIC BAY VIEWS! Live like royalty when you move into Le Chateau! Located on Sarasota’s bayfront, this small intimate building offers great views and in-town convenience. 2BR/2BA & covered parking.Walk to galleries, restaurants & theaters. $358,700 MLS#215368 LIVE AT THE BEACHES! Beautiful condo has 2BR/2BA with views over the gulf and golf course of the Longboat Key Club Resort. Completely furnished. Nothing to do but move in! Comes complete with your own car! Elegant, full-service building. $539,000 MLS#206208 FABULOUS GULF VIEWS! Wonderful direct gulf views from this Castillian 2BR/2BA condo. Turnkey furnished with garage parking. Generous room sizes and eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar. Condo overlooks white beaches and the Gulf. $489,000 MLS#215004 GRAND BAY BEAUTY! Views to die for! Breathtaking sunrises and sunsets are only part of the package. 3BR/3.5BA make this Biscayne model on Longboat Key a GRAND buy! Over 2250 sq. ft. of enchantment. Volume ceilings, garage parking, state-of-the-art fitness center, neutral decor. Lowest priced Biscayne at $949,000 MLS#216631 SO MUCH FOR SO LITTLE! Located in one of Longboat Key’s most prestigious buildings, this wonderful Aquarius condo offers the best in beachfront living. Split floor plan offers 2BR/2BA with loads of closet space. Covered parking. Fabulous sunset views! $529,000 MLS#216601

•Wide-Open Long Southern Bay Views! State of the Art commercial construction 7BR/7.5BA Christner Brothers Home w/old Florida Key West charm. The finest of craftsmanship-Artisan finishes, granite, furniture quality custom cabinetry, wood and stone-like tile floors, Lutron lighting system, custom moldings, stepped ceilings, surround sound and more! A walled & gated estate boasting approx. 1.5 acres, pavers grace the verandas encompassing the home & the circular drive leading to the 25 car garage!................$5,995,000. •Direct Bayfront with Dock & Hoist! An exquisite 3-5 BR residence surrounded by magnificent, native, exotic plantings. Rare White Pelicans, Blue Herons, Frolicking Dolphins and Manatees become your neighbors in their own natural habitat. All the while, pristine distant city lights mesmerize you without the noise of the hustle and bustle. Creating one’s own private paradise, beginning with a true 25-yard lap pool, spa & deeded beach access has never been easier!....$2,595,000. •Magnificent Canal Front Lot! - Located on Bird Key w/a corner location and direct access to the bay. Owner/architect is building a beautiful, wellappointed & spacious 5BR/4,790 sq ft home w/a private guest suite, media room, French doors, crown moldings, tray ceilings & a summer kitchen on the lanai........................................................................................$1,899,000. •Estate-Like Grandeur in a Gated Community! Brand new 4BR+den/5.5BA, 5369 sq. ft. home w/wet bar, future wine cellar, media/theatre room, family room, gourmet eat-in kitchen w/granite, Sub Zero ref., & double Ascot Dishwashers, $ 70K worth of stone floors, 2 fireplaces, glass ceramic tile, side entry 3 car garage, colossal pool, spa & deck area back to a home site of several acres with fabulous trees & privacy!.........................................$1,299,000. •Bird Key Home, Canal with a Dock! - Professionally remodeled 4BA/4BR + office & library, high tech eat-in kitchen w/sunroom, ceramic tile floors, crown moldings, master bedroom w/ his & her walk-in closets, a whirlpool tub, & a bidet, 3 car garage, & barrel tile roof $1,195,000. •Canal with No Bridges to Bay! Spacious 2,385 sq. ft. home on Longboat Key. Updated 3BR/3BA with new 18”x18” diagonal tile floors, new Corian counters, appliances, paint, roof, pool deck & surface, and updated baths, large rooms and oversized garage........................................................$879,000. •Siesta Key-Pristine & Designer Perfect! 3,072 square foot 3BR/3BA w 2 car garage, den, enclosed Florida room, vaulted ceilings, diagonal tile floors, master suite w/jacuzzi tub & WOW - a separate entry 1BR/1BA guest apartment w/kitchen! Close to Siesta Beach & Village shops.............................$599,000. •Downtown - Direct Bay Front! Bay views from every room, 2BR/2BA, 1729 square feet, newer appliances, 2 balconies & white ceramic tile floors! In a guard gated building with 2 tennis courts and boat docks available. Close to nearly every cultural event in the city!............................................$439,000. •Bay & Gulf Views - Direct Bayfront! The best priced potential 2BR/2BA downtown residence w/fresh carpet and paint available. In a guard-gated building w/2 pools, 2 tennis courts and boat docks available! Close to shopping, the banks, the restaurants, the Ritz & the Van Wezel..................$399,000. •Lot w/Deep Water Dock! In a new gated waterfront community of just over 6 acres with only 10 homesites. A tremendous opportunity to be part of a distinctive neighborhood on Little Sarasota Bay. Assigned dock will accommodate a boat up to 35 feet!.............................................$249,000.


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At the net

Are you better than your second serve? INSIGHTS: We get two serves to start each point. What we do with them is likely to be as different from one another as we each are different from one another. The main purpose of the serve is to put the ball into play. Of course, that’s not enough. The server is supposed to be at an advantage because he or she can dictate how the point begins. Obviously, a very forceful serve will give the server the advantage. It should put the receiver on the defensive, perhaps resulting in a weak response or an error or, better yet, no response at all (an ace for you). Conversely, merely putting the ball in play places the server and receiver on equal terms; no one has an advantage over the other at the start of the point. Worse yet, a weak serve may very well give the advantage to the receiver who may choose to attack the weak serve, thus nullifying or even reversing the benefit of being the server. That certainly explains why most players

hit their first serve with as much effort as they can muster. It’s usually a hard, fast serve aimed at one edge or the other of the service box. And, if it does go in, the server is likely to gain the desired effect, begin the point with the upper hand on the offense. So what happens if the serve is out, it hits the net short or goes long or wide? Well, that’s why you get two serves. What a great game! You get to do it all over again. You get another chance to get control again. Or do you? Now everything seems different. Or is it? You’re really in exactly the same position you were prior to hitting your first serve. As a matter of fact, you just had a chance to practice that weapon of yours one more time. So it didn’t go in that time. It should go in the next, shouldn’t it? The only slight difference is that this time, if it doesn’t go in, you lose the point. Just like that! It sure changes the complexion of the shot, not to mention your attitude toward it. Suddenly, the pressure is on.

JOHN Mrachek

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You’ve got to get the ball in play or else. It makes you a little nervous, you get a little tight. Especially in a tie-breaker or at game point, or, heaven forbid, match point. How much can you take? The whole point here is that getting a forceful, aggressive second serve into play is not only difficult physically, but mentally, it’s a significant challenge. Of course, now that you are both physically and mentally challenged, how can you expect much? You’ve gone from putting your opponent at the disadvantage to putting yourself at a disadvantage. If you just powder puff that second serve in, your opponent will surely take advantage. What to do? Why not learn to hit a good second serve that is easy to get in, puts pressure on your opponent and takes the pressure off you? Use all that nervous energy to serve a purpose. Too often, we get tight, try to hold back and just ease the ball into play. What happens? We’re so tight, we can’t control the ball and it goes long or into the net, anyway. The simple solution is to swing away! In other words, your second serve needs to be a spin serve. If you don’t have one, you’ve got to learn one. And the more spin, the better. Why? Because it gives you a

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WHAT’S HAPPENED: It has not happened yet but you need to act soon if you’re planning to play USA League Tennis this spring. A captains meeting for both Men’s and Women’s Spring leagues will be 6 p.m. March 14 at Longwood Run Tennis Center. Rosters must be in by March 28 for league play that starts in mid-April. Keep in mind that 60% of your team must be rated at the level your team has registered (except 4.5 levels and above).

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greater margin for error and you get to swing as hard as you want; no holding back or worrying about it going long or into the net. The spin lets you hit it high over the net (good), yet the spin brings the ball down well before it can go long (better), and it’s even hard for your opponent to hit an aggressive return (the best). So, does the statement, “You are only as good as your second serve” apply to you? If so, get your pro to teach you that spin serve and learn to swing away.





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Special events: • Who’s B.O.B.: 2 p.m. Tues. • Ladies Championships: 2 p.m. Wed. Reservations suggested. the Landings Racquet Club and features $3,000 in prize money. For more information or entry forms, contact Bob Luxembourg at 924-1641. It’s great tennis! The Sarasota Open will be held at the Meadows Country Club April 1 to 7. It’s a Sanex WTA event featuring some of the best women players on the tour. The draws include 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. For more info, call 955-7273 or visit its Web site at The Nasdaq-100 Open, held March 20 to 31 in Miami, features all of the best men and women on the pro tour. Ticket information may be obtained by calling 305-4423367. John Mrachek is the manager of the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center. He is also the 2000 club champion in open singles, doubles and mixed doubles at the Longboat Key Club. ❑

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REGENT COURT HOMESITE - Direct Gulf front parcel behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club. Located in “Mansion Row” with 133 feet of Gulf frontage. The one and only homesite of its kind in all of Sarasota. Build the sandcastle of your dreams Offered at $4,450,000


NEW LISTING - ESTATE SIZE BAY FRONT LOT... Over 300 ft. of water wraps around this full bay front lot. 165 ft. of side canal ideal for protected boat dockage. Walk to beach directly across the street. Cleared and ready to build. Call for additional information and survey. Offered at $2,100,000. NEW LISTING - ESCAPE... TO HIDEAWAY BAY Direct bay front residential building lot in exclusive secluded community. Yachtsman’s dream with deep water and new private dock. Offered at $1,050,000. NEW LISTING - OLD FLORIDA CHARMER Nature and bird lover’s retreat. Rarely available northern tip waterfront home with breathtaking Bay & Gulf views. Cathedral ceilings, art studio, large sun deck, 2 car garage Offered at $950,000. CONTEMPORARY CUSTOM HOMES Spacious & open floor plan, cathedral ceilings, huge garage and beachside location. Dream the day away lounging on your lanai or take a stroll down sugar sand beaches. Offered at $495,000. SEA OATS, SAND DUNES AND SUNSETS Sparkling direct gulf views from this completely and tastefully updated 2BR/2BA condo. Offered at $595,000.

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - One in from the Bay! A comfortable, open plan home with 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, pool, dock and lift and on the south side of the street with Bay views. Many upgrades by owners including large tile floors, custom woodwork, new bay window and entrance foyer. A real value at $1,150,000 3211 BAYOU SOUND - Open Sunday 1-4 - Built by Bamboo Construction in 1995 with marble floors, granite counters, open floor plan, pool, spa and state of the art docking facilities. Offered at $1,225,000 BAY ISLES WATERFRONT - Behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club in the Bayou section, this 3bedroom waterfront home has an open floor plan, updated kitchen, new roof, dock, pool, spa and private beach club membership. $819,000 COREY’S LANDING - Longboat Key villa with southern exposure overlooking golf course and lake. Excellent floor plan including 3BR/2.5BA, kitchen, family room area, formal living room with fireplace and caged heated pool. Community pool, Har-Tru tennis courts, private beach club.Offered at$550,000 -MAINLAND, SIESTA KEY AND BEYONDSIESTA KEY BOATER’S PARADISE - New Construction by John Walter, featuring 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, cherry wood floors, incredible kitchen with granite and gas stove, incomparable master suite with views back to city skyline. A beautiful home. $2,299,000

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DREAM ISLAND - Sailboat water - wonderful spacious home on wide canal plus Bay views from front living areas. Gorgeous large lot, custom pool for family enjoyment & entertaining. Boating water is direct access to Bay & intracoastal.............$759,000 3 BEDROOM - DIRECT GULF - Unparalleled Gulf, beach & sunset views. Gorgeously updated. Behind the gates...........................................$685,000.

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - Enjoy Longboat Key, convenient to St. Armands Circle & Sarasota plus deeded beach access. Approx. 2150 + sq ft, beautifully updated 2BR/2BA easily converted to 3BR/3BA. 2 car garage, fenced backyard, Maytag appliances.........REDUCED!...$319,500. GULF FRONT VIEWS WITH NO BOUNDARIES!

LONGBEACH GULF FRONT CONDOS Exceptional Gulf views from these bright 2BR/2BA end units. Low density complex near LBK’s finest beaches shopping & restaurants. Starting at $439,000.

LAKEWOOD RANCH - Maintenance free, designer perfection on the golf course. 3 bedroom + den, pool. Offered at $419,000


Pristine Privacy on 2 1/2+ acres gated and walled estate. Enchanting landscaping, entrance fountain, private gulf beach plus shimmering pool and entertainment area. Elegant home with exquisite finishes and quality. Private master suite plus 4 guest suites. Incredibly beautiful home in a private location minutes to St. Armands and Sarasota.........$16,750,000

Unique opportunity - 2 side by side elegantly customized units. Enjoy approximately 3,500 sq. ft. plus vistas of Gulf and Bay from this 8th floor beauty. Gorgeous!...REDUCED!.$1,525,000.


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GULF TO BAY, 2/3 BEDROOMS.....REDUCED!...$1,195,000. BAY VIEWS, 2 BEDROOMS, SPLIT PLAN.............$445,000. LONGBOAT BAYFRONT HOME - Direct Bayfront Longboat Home - OPEN HOUSE DAILY! 661 Dream Island Rd. WIDE OPEN BAY VIEWS with no boundaries. Deep water and multiple boat dock. Gorgeous, tropical, direct bayfront lot to build on or live in existing lovely home.........$1,275,000 Owner/Agent.

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INN ON THE BEACH - Exceptional first floor walkout! Two private double terraces plus largest condo offered at the Longboat Key Club..........................$750,000.

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SPORTS Sportscards Longboat Key Club Longboat Key Men’s Golf Association Event: Partner’s Quota Points — Wednesday, Feb. 27 +9 Tim Carroll and Warren Harding +8 Phineas Alpers and Ed Duffy +3 Elmo Muzzi and Gil Illch Event: Individual Quota Points — Wednesday, March 6 +12 Morgan Whitney +9 Sam Lightman +8 Bob Hanson (tie) Fred Smith +7 Hank McFarland (tie) Irwin Lowenstein +6 Bob Goree (tie) Phineas Alpers Bill Beckmeyer Frank Schlosser

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NEW LISTING • ST ARMANDS Newly remodeled pool home light, bright and sunny. 3 bedrooms high ceilings, furnished, and you can walk to St, Armands Circle. Strong rental history $472,000. for virtual tour.


Sarasota Co. Senior Men’s Tennis Leagues LBK Green vs. Laurel Oaks Green — Thursday, Feb. 28 Rose and Schneider def. Becker and Rath, 6-1, 6-2. Becker and Reynolds def. Baesman and Rhyme, 6-1, 6-2. Coyne and Rusen won by forfeit. LBK Gold vs. Oaks Blue — Thursday, Feb. 28 LBK players lost by forfeiting all games to Baroch and Harris, Field and Goins, and Carstensen and Thrasher. Longboat Key Club vs. Bollettieri — Monday, March 4 Banholzer and Schoenberg def. Drutkowski and Allee, 62, 1-6, 7-4. Levine and Rabow lost to Dewitt and Broverman, 6-2, 26, 6-8. Cushman and Schaye lost to Kaemmerlen and Kaemmerlen, 6-3, 6-1. Longboat Grey vs. El Conquistador Grey Monday, March 4 Kaufman and Klazmer def. Noble and Stacey, 6-4, 6-2. Reynolds and Ruff def. Snyder and Lane, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. Moss and Schneider def. Hamilton and Thompson, 4-6, 6-4, 8-6. Longboat Silver vs. Landings Gray — Monday, March 4 Black and Berns def. Rakoff and Spitalny, 6-2, 6-0.

Maggie Hicks

PELICAN HARBOUR Direct Gulf Front... Rarely available spacious 3B/3B only 9 units in complex. This condo has it all! Tennis, pool, garage and boat dock on the bay. Awesome views from every room. $709,000

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VEINTE Magnificent Gulf Views... First floor walk down.Two master suites. Only 20 units. On site mgr., pool, tennis, under bldg parking. PENDING $599,000

201 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Suite 1 Longboat Key, FL 34228

BEACHPLACE...Sunset views from this 3BR/2BA unit. Nicely furnished, covered parking and great ammenities. Offered for $650,000. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••• EMERALD POINTE...New construction behind the gates at Longboat Key Club. There is still an opportunity to make interior selections for this 3 bedroom villa with views of the lake and golf course. Offered for $740,000. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••• UNIVERSITY PARK...Newly remodeled home in golf course community. Private setting, swimming pool, 3 bedrooms, with a den, fireplace and new appliances. Offered for $447,500. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• FAIRWAY BAY...Townhome behind the gates at LBK Club. Very light & bright, wood burning fireplace, ceramic tile, 2br/2.5ba, two car garage. Offered for $316,000. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••• CORAL SHORES...This 2br/2ba home is located on a fresh water canal. Newly remodeled and landscaped. Room for a pool or expansion opportunity. Offered for $255,000. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••• BEACHPLACE...Recently updated 1st floor, walk up with lake-view. Light and bright with a real Florida feel, 2BR/2BA. Covered parking. Offered for $569,000.

BRADENTON Directly on Manatee River... Charming home with awesome unobstructed river views. Deep lot with great landscape. 3 fireplaces, gas cooktop, granite, large family rm, caged pool, dock and lift $1,290,000

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A fun place to live! Walk to the shops, dining, grocery store, all the activities of Siesta Key Village! One-of-a-kind totally updated town home, 3 bedroom. Private Beach & Fishing Pier. Balconies, porches and private roof top sun deck! Garden atrium for outdoor grilling and dining. Owner/Realtor. Offered for $589,000. for virtual tour.

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THE OAKS It’s a dream home of unique design both elegant and sophisticated but with a casual and comfortable family lifestyle. Tucked within the security and gated Oaks community offering Championship golf, tennis, Jr. Olympic pool and fine dining. This 4,418 sq ft home features 5 spacious bedrooms, 4 baths plus 2 powder rooms, game room, exercise room, study and much, much more. Offered for $999,500. for virtual tour.

INN ON THE BEACH Beach front luxuriously appointed Club Suite in condominium hotel. World Class Resort. Golf, tennis, fitness center, pool and fine dining all on sugar-white sand beach. A great way to own on Longboat Key in a luxury retreat. Strong income potential! 2001 Gross Income $60,251. Offered for $329,000.

Team Buky - Gabe Jr. & Sr. “Waterfront Specialists” Top 2% of Coldwell Banker EMERALD HARBOR DR.- This 2/3BR Bahama style home is looking for a boat lover who enjoys pool-side entertaining, a sunny southern exposure, a warm wood burning fireplace, privacy and walks on the beach....................................$759,000. BAYS BLUFF - This 2BR bay front condo on the 1st floor offers easy access and great location, screened terrace with partial bay view, adjacent to beautiful park, convenient location to arts, theater and restaurants..................................$198,500. LONGBOAT KEY TOWER - This well maintained, spacious residence has it all. Steps to white sandy walking beach and azure blue waters of the gulf. Spectacular views from every room, sunrise over the bay to sunsets on the beach and city lights at night, Great location behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club...................................................$669,000. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - 3rd lot from open bay with southern exposure, well built Rutenberg home. 3BR/3BA, city views across open bay. New boat lift & dock...........$879,000. BAY PALMS - Direct bay front with spectacular water views, 3BR/2BA with nice pool and deck, huge lot approximately 150’x150’...............................................................$1,250,000.

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Charthouse Center 201 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Suite 1 Longboat Key, Florida 34228


Light, bright, open and airy, best describe this sunny first floor in popular tennis and beach community. Updated and furnished, expanded sun room. 8 Har-Tru courts, 2 pools and spa plus friendly social clubhouse and fitness center. An incredible Longboat Key VALUE. $449,000. for virtual tour.




Gaines and Greenwald def. Tiemann and Kuerschner, 6-1, 6-4. Auerbach and Kent def. Humphrey and Van Voorhis, 6-0, 6-2.

You go, girls

Cedars Tennis Resort Sarasota Co. Senior Men’s Tennis Leagues Cedars vs. Longboat Key — Thursday, Feb. 28 Franson and Grisdale def. Kauffman and Israeloff, 6-0, 6-2. Scher and Bruce def. O’Brien and Cushman, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6. Eagleton and Platek lost to Tendall and Hicks, 1-6, 1-6. Cedars vs. LBK Red — Thursday, Feb. 28 Franson and Grisdale def. Kauffaman and Israeloff, 6-0, 6-2. Scher and Bruce def. O’Brien and Cushman, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6. Eagleton and Platek lost to Tendall and Hicks, 1-6, 1-6. Cedars vs. Payne Park — Friday, March 1 Eagleton and Jorgensen def. Granville and Towner, 6-3, 7-5. Cohen and Macholtz lost to Gall and O’Keefe, 4-6, 3-6. Josephs and Peckles def. Kussler and Bruderer, 6-2, 6-4.

Joan Albright

Finalists Kathleen Semish, Peggy Sloan, Lynn Baker and Judie Lutsky

Can you imagine playing 40 tennis matches in a little over three hours? Well, 28 women managed this feat in a fixedteam, round-robin tennis tournament hosted by Club Longboat on Monday, Feb. 25. Organized by Jane and Jack Daly and Tennis Director Don Kaiser, 14 women from Club Longboat and 14 of the best women players from the Key battled for the title. After being down three match points, Peggy Sloan and Kathleen Semish won the finals over Lynn Baker and Judie Lutsky 3-2. All four women were presented awards after the memorable, “rockin’” round robin.

WEATHER STATISTICS AND TIDES Sun., March 3 Mon., March 4 Tues., March 5 Wed., March 6 Thurs., March 7 Fri., March 8 Sat., March 9

High Temp. 78 62 62 77 68 80 79

Low Temp. 70 52 43 53 57 60 66

Record High 87 (1997) 89 (1997) 89 (1997) 89 (1985) 89 (1985) 86 (1997) 89 (1997)

Record Low 52 (1996) 51 (1986) 43 (2002) 47 (1982) 47 (1982) 43 (1984) 52 (1996)

Humidity 81% 47% 29% 47% 96% 59% 68%

Rainfall 0.00 0.28 0.04 TRACE 0.30 0.00 0.00

Thurs., March 14 Fri., March 15 Sat., March 16 Sun., March 17 Mon., March 18 Tues., March 19 Wed., March 20

Morning Tides High Low 12:20 7:35 12:59 7:55 1:41 8:15 2:27 8:33 3:19 8:52 4:22 9:10 5:43 9:15

Evening Tides High Low 1:14 7:28 1:27 8:09 1:44 8:49 2:03 9:34 2:28 10:23 2:57 11:18 3:32 (none)

From The Longboat Observer weather station

Rainfall: Year-to-date 2002 2001 6.31 in. 1.62 in.

Month-to-date 2002 2001 0.62 in. 1.35

Average Water Temp.: 60

Moon phases: First Qtr. March 21


March 28

Last Qtr.

April 5


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EXCEPTIONAL OPPORTUNITY! Presenting a Limited Collection of fifteen grand residences including • a private elevator lobby at each residence • gourmet kitchens featuring SubZero, Miele, Franke and Kitchen Aid • extremely spacious floor plans; 3,430 to 3,950 square feet • wraparound views, enclosed two car garages and so much more! ISLAND GETAWAY! Tastefully renovated in 01. This LBK 3BR/2BA hideaway features brand new stainless appliances & tile. Nestled on deep sailboat water w/100' seawall, 80' wide canal, spacious lanai, 2-car carport and 8'x20' workshop! $439,000 Ed Boothe or Lynda Melnick 383-5543


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Gorgeous views of Bishops Bayou from this rarely available 2nd floor furnished unit. Walk to Beer Can Island on the beautiful beaches of north Longboat Key. $219,000. Cindy or Gary LaFlamme, 383-5543




Enjoy the most beautiful view on the bay from this 3BR/2BA condo, private tennis court and new updated swimming pool. Boat dock & channel to ICW. Plenty of storage & covered parking. $435,000. Denny Wallin 383-5543.

Sparkling direct gulf views of secluded sugar sand beaches. Completely & tastefully updated 2BR/2BA condo with open floor plan and large tiled lanai. $595,000. Tina Rudek or Mike Migone, 383-5543

LONGBOAT TRI-LEVEL - Luxuriously furnished townhome 2BR/2BA, gourmet kitchen, screened lanai, attached garage. Only mins. from beach this tennis resort has 10 lighted courts & pool. $269,900. Peter Klaesener 383-5544. LONGBOAT CANALFRONT! - Boating access to Sarasota Bay & easy access to Gulf for $329,900. 2BR/2.5BA home w/lg bonus room, fenced 28'x14' pool & lots of patio area for entertaining Florida style. Easy maintenance home. Only 1 block to white sandy beach! Cathy Meldahl, 383-5544 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - Lovely 2BR2BA, den home located on choice corner lot with side entry garage. This home is a must to see. Deeded beach access. $359,000. Helen Bradshaw, 383-5544

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK How many years have you played golf? “A little over 20 years,” says Slinter. “Earlier in my life I was into football, baseball, coaching and what have you, for the first 15 years of my marriage. But I took up golf after my kids moved onto bigger and better things.” What is your best score? Slinter’s best score is a 79. What is the highlight of your golfing career? “My 79. No, the highlight of my golfing career is competing and winning several B-flight championships up north,” Slinter says. “Now, they weren’t professional championships. If golfing was my career, I’d starve to death and still be living in the Bronx!” Is there anything you would like to improve in your game? Slinter says, “My short game. I would like to improve my chipping and shots within 100 yards.” What is your favorite part of the game? “The driving — hitting the drive,” says Slinter and he adds, “Sometimes I’m a little wild with my drive, but I like to hit them far.”

Bill Slinter

Emily Walsh

Longboat Key Club Men’s Golf Association

What is your funniest flub-up? “One day at Islandside my ball was in the water,

and I was going to hit it out of the water,” Slinter recounts. “So I proceeded to take off my shoes and my socks and stepped into the water. Suddenly my whole entire leg over my knee was swallowed by mud, because I didn’t realize how deep it was. My buddies had to pull me out of the water so I didn’t end up floating down the river! We all laughed about that one.” What golfer do you admire most? “I would say in general, I admire all the people, who in spite of handicaps, still go out and play and enjoy the game,” says Slinter. “I especially admire people in their 80s who are still out there playing the game just for the love of it. Hopefully that will be me someday.” What is your advice for other golfers? “Persevere,” says Slinter. “Don’t let the last shot get in the way of your next shot. The next one will be better.” What do you like best about golfing on Longboat Key? Slinter says, “The people. I’ve made a lot of good friends here and enjoy playing with them. I also enjoy being able to play golf with my wife and playing with other couples. I like the fact that Longboat Key is low key.” — Compiled by Emily Walsh

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In Holmes Beach with dock, davits, deck, pool and so much more. Totally updated home with ceramic tile and all new kitchen. Three bedroom suites, each with its own bath and walk-in closets! This beauty won’t last at $599,900 Call Dee Jorcyk at 778-2246.

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- 5 bedroom, 6 bath home features floor to ceiling glass walls with breathtaking views of your own private 150 wide sugar sand beach. Beautiful foyer with Italian marble, huge master suite, private balconies off most bedrooms - beautiful pool terrace, tennis court. #214127

BAY VIEWS From this quality built 3BR/2BA home w/great room design, cathedral ceilings, upgraded appliances, covered entry and large screened porch. Spacious garage /storage, low maint. zero landscaping and short walk to beach. David Moynihan 778-2246. #79167. $399,900 PANORAMIC VIEW of intracoastal waterway from Sarasota to St. Pete. New 3500 sf home with open floor plan. 4-5 or 6 bedrooms/3 baths, playroom and a 6 car garage! Room for workshop plus enclosed RV storage is available. Inside boat storage, outside dock and davit. Bea Zaffina 795-2743. #80462. $800,000 TOWNHOUSE WITH DEEP WATER ON BAY Tropical setting in Land’s End enclave bayfront on north end of Longboat Key. 3BR, cathedral ceilings, 2 car garage, heated pool, tennis court, Jacuzzi. Close to beaches and shopping. Mary Wickersham or Cindy English 383-5577..........................$475,000 ALMOST NEW! 2 BR home in Longboat Village. Peek of bayou from deck. Community dock and boat ramp. Mary Wickersham or Cindy English 383-5577. #80749....................$449,000 LONGBOAT VILLAGE Lg home, lg lot. high & dry, needs some TLC. Walk to community boat dock & beach. Great area! Mary Wickersham or Cindy English 383-5577 #81220.....................$425,000 BAYFRONT PARADISE Outstanding architectual design and lush tropical landscaping. Screened wrap around veranda, solar heated pool, and private boat dock. 4BR/2.5BA, den, plus non conforming guest suite with bath and maids quarters on first level. Call Yvonne Higgins at 720-3879...$1,150,000

Call Ken Morrissey or Curt Putrino for private showing, 316-6541. 3142

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Pete’s Preferred Properties Longboat Shores - New construction custom built home on sailboat water. Every upgrade imaginable, 3 or 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, heated pool . A must see for the discriminating buyer. Offered at $1,750,000. Call Pete Snyder to arrange for a viewing.


Grand Bay - Enjoy the views from the sunrise to the sunset…city, bay, marina, golf course, and gulf! Wrap around balcony, quality built-ins galore and designer decorated. All this offered for just $995,000. Call Pete Snyder to arrange for a viewing.

ON THE BEACH - Excellent investment or family compound. Zoned Triplex. Huge deck overlooking the beach. Bea Zaffina 727-2800. #76643.$792,000 GULF VIEW TRIPLEX - Fishing pier just steps away. A/C units less than two years old. Roof 2 years old. Each unit has its own electric meter. Just repainted, Looks very good. Harold Small 778-2246. #80002.......$450,000 PRICED REDUCED! LOWEST PRICED UNIT! Enjoy one of Longboat's most popular complexes that has everything. 2BR/2BA with view of canal. Furnished, covered parking spot. Boat docks available. Deeded beach access. Cindy English 383-5577. #79097..............................................$225,000 ISLAND CONDO BARGAIN! Nice 2/1 with tile floors everywhere, except bedrooms. Central location in Holmes Beach near beach and marina. Rare find with garage and auto opener, plus extra parking. Harold Small 7782246. #79058................................................................................................$144,900 LONGBOAT HARBOUR - 2BR/2BA first floor unit. Outstanding water view from the glass enclosed lanai. Boat docks, beach access, clubhouse, 4 swimming pools. Dorothy Cook 383-5577. #207124........................$249,900

Sutton Place - Completely re-done 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome with a one car attached garage. Boat slip available and beach access across the street! Turnkey furnished at just $265,000. Call Pete Snyder to arrange for a viewing.



Email: Website: 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key (941) 383-5577 • Toll Free (800) 352-0367 MLS

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888 Condo on the Bay – Mainland condo from which to enjoy incredible views of the bay, Longboat Key and sunsets. Like new 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 12th floor VanGogh. This designer decorated unit with top of the line appliances is being offered at $579,000. Call Pete Snyder to arrange for a viewing.

Peter H. Snyder Associate-Broker

CENTURY 21 Dockside Realty, Inc. Peter H. Snyder, Associate-Broker 408 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, FL 34228 Toll free: 1-877-941-0210 ext. 26 Local: 383-1051 ext. 26 After hrs.: 356-6824 or 378-0702




Deal us in

East-West 1. Lou Ann Miller and Clayton Rose 2. Muriel Schwartzman and John Berna 3. Eha and Lorne Campbell Section C, North-South 1. Ed Evans and Leo Newcombe 2. Hannah Casden and Ina Becker 3. Shirley Kingsland and Ed Schnackenberg East-West 1. Judy and Gene Krasnow 2. Marion and Nat Fine 3. Ann Newcombe and Charlotte Evans

Dealer: South Vulnerable: Both

SAYC Standard American Yellow Card (SAYC) is the system by which the majority of players in computer bridge play games. The readers can get a copy of this card by going to where several convention cards are available. This hand was sent to me by our friend Anon who writes, “In today’s deal, North’s two-diamond bid was an artificial response, negative and or waiting. Three clubs was Stayman and four hearts was a popular contract in the South chair. “South won the spade ace and led a club to the ace and a diamond to his king. He cashed the club king and ruffed a club. He played another diamond but East went up with his ace and exited with a diamond. “Now, south won the ace and king of trump, hoping for a three-two break. When West discarded, South lost two trump and a spade for down one. South did well until he took both top trump. He should play low instead of the king. Now either a club return, giving South a ruff and sluff, or a trump into South’s king-jack gives South the 10th trick. “A few South players found themselves in a threenotrump contract, which is makeable, but 620 was still the best score.”

by Donna SWAN

Donna Swan is a resident of Longboat Key, an ardent bridge player and an American Contract Bridge League certified director who plays “for the fun of it.”

Winners MERRILL DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB Bayfront Park Recreation Center — Saturday, Feb. 23 North-South 1. Chris Renner and Jerry Hurley 2. Eve and Bob Beckerle 3. Norma and Curt Wonnacott

West ♠ Q J 10 9 2 ♥6 ♦J982 ♣J74

North ♠8753 ♥8753 ♦743 ♣A6

East ♠4 ♥ Q 10 9 4 ♦ A 10 5 ♣ Q 10 9 5 3

South ♠AK6 ♥ AKJ2 ♦KQ6 ♣K82

Merrill Duplicate Bridge Club Bayfront Park Recreation Center — Saturday, Feb. 23 North-South 1. Beth and Donen Gleick 2. Fran Mann and Mel Weisel 3. Joy Server and Robert Caswell East-West 1. Norma and Curt Wonnacott 2. Charlotte and Hank Stein 3. Betty and Moses Arm

The Bidding: West Pass Pass Pass

South 2♣ 2 NT 3♥

North 2♦ 3♣ 4♥

East Pass Pass All pass

Opening lead: Q ♠

Longboat Island Chapel — Thursday, Feb. 28 Section A, North-South 1. Doris Konecke and Cotton Stephenson 2. Jeanne Stafford and John Davis 3. Ruth and Malcolm Popik East-West 1. Ellen and Munir Jabbur 2. Rhoda Krug and Edith Schaefer 3. Lee Lippe and Sue Bardach Section B, North-South 1. Eha and Lorne Campbell 2. Norma Curt Wonnacott 3. Margery and Irv Becker East-West 1. Joan Sinder and Jayne Forstenzer 2. Lenore Weiss and Helen Schwartz 3. Stu Bennett and Paul Massik

East-West 1. John Kaufman and Richard Kaufman 2. Erika Beyer and Rudy Mueller 3. Marion and Nat Fine LONGBOAT KEY DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB Longboat Island Chapel — Tuesday, Feb. 26 Section A, North-South 1. Sylvan Eisman and Don Fleisher 2. Judy Goldberg and Tim Lesnik 3. John Kaufman and Richard Kaufman East-West 1. Sue Bardach and Ruth Gorton 2. Bob Wachs and Roy Melvin 3. Lester Ageloff and Marshall Kaufman Section B, North-South 1. Doris Matlaw and Murile Zeldes (tie) Dorothy Swerling and Elton Yasuna 2. Robert Hazelwood and Wolfgang Wostl

Duplicate games are held at 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Longboat Island Chapel, and at 1 p.m. Saturday and at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bayfront Park Recreation Center. Call Larry Auerbach at 758-2017 for additional information. ❑

The Longboat OBSERVER Crossword Edited by Wayne Robert Williams

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FREE-BEE! ❈ The Longboat Observer is offering free advertising space in the classifieds. ❈ Free-Bee ads will only be accepted for the items-under-$200 classification and may run for two weeks maximum for each ad. (One Free-Bee ad per month) ❈ The total value of articles for sale must not exceed $200 and each article must be priced. ❈ Free-Bee ads must be placed in person, mailed, or faxed by individuals with private addresses and phone numbers. (Sorry, no commercial advertising in the Free-Bee section.)

Adult Care  PERSONAL ASSISTANT. European man offers help with household duties, rides or based on your needs. Dependable & References. Call Lou, 941-539-3953 or 941-953-5184. EXPERIENCED CNA looking for private duty. References. 388-2699.

 CNA +FLORIDA State College certified graduate w/compassion for life. Call for nursing specifics and hours available in your home. $20/hr. 923-3493. LOVING, CARING European lady will be your companion. Good references. Call Hanna, 727-5685, leave message. PERSONAL COMPANION for all your personal appointments, social commitments and travel. Considerate and compassionate assistance is available to help you through your day. Please call 9a.m.-5p.m. (YOUR COMPANION). Janet Dory, 941-924-9279. Pat Newman, 941-923-4301.

Alterations/Upholstery ALTERATIONS. WE are proud to provide the BEST alteration service in the Manatee and Sarasota area. We deliver the highest quality of work. PARADISE COIN LAUNDRY, 7466 Cortez Road West, 795-1657. ISLAND UPHOLSTERY. Furniture, cushions, etc. Repair and restoring antiques. 121 Bridge St. Free estimates! 778-4335.

Announcements CALLING ALL CHICAGOANS! Come to the Chicago Reunion in Sarasota. Wednesday, March 13th, 3p.m. until sunset. Siesta Key Beach. For details, call John Farris at 952-1700 or 925-9915.

Answering Services VOICE MAIL Service. Use our Corporate Communication Service to control voice messaging, call forwarding & call screening for your business. 925-0201 x/22.

Antiques DINING CHAIRS, French, Britany. 2/Arms, 6/sided, cane seats. Perfect condition! $2600. 383-1326. NEW ARRIVAL! Antique crystal paper weights, European designers. Longboat Key Antiques, in the Centre Shops. (941) 387-8785.

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Antiques ANTIQUE FURNITURE from France. Top Quality! Cherry armoires, chests of drawers, arm chairs, clocks and more! Bradenton. 941-752-0089,



The Longboat Observer to meet all applicable legal requirements in connection with the ad such as compliance with town codes in first obtaining an occupational license for a business, permitted home occupation, or residential rental property.

Boat Rentals CANNONS MARINA 6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Half-day and Full-day rentals 14’-24’ Skiffs /Runabouts /Deckboats Ride in Style in our Grady-White & Scout boats. All powered by YAMAHA outboards. 383-1311

Boat Slips for Rent/Sale LONGBOAT KEY Moorings, 60/ft. boat slip. Seasonal, $19.00 per foot. Monthly $23.00 per foot. Yearly $16.50 per foot, plus electricity and sales tax. 383-2025/586-4830.

Business Services SELL YOUR TIMESHARE $40.00 No Other Fees NO COMMISSIONS

Boat Sales, Service & Storage DOCKS AVAILABLE. Small boats, protected waters. Minutes to intracoastal, Gulf, gas, bait, restaurants. Also, land storage, launch ramp. Vacation/long term. Bottom painting. Capt. John’s Marina, 792-2620.

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☛ ☛ MIKE MCCALEB, ARCHITECT, 20/FT. WELLCRAFT Step Lift, V Cuddy, #AR0014004. Remodels/New Homes. 10/yr. 1989. 175/HP Johnson, new power head, Island Resident. 25/yrs. Experience. FEMA/ inside storage, very clean. $9,900. DEP Waterfront. Affordable! 778-5560. 383-7781/924-0249. 25’ CATALINA sailboat, 1986, 9.9 Mercury O/B, Loran, Roller Reef jib. many extras! CHEVY 1998 Prizm LSI, 36K/miles, white, $11,000. 346-1564. A-1. $8,000. 383-2210. 24’ CELEBRITY Cuddy ‘94. 5.7 Merc. Cruiser Duo S.S. Prop., full canvas. Excellent condition, $13,800. Call 387-9295.

Auto Sales & Service


Caregiver/Companion BOAT CONDO, $25,000. LBK at Boat House, covered storage, 8x30/ft. boat. NURSING ASSISTANT seeking position to 941-383-1484. care for your loved ones in their homes with tender loving care. Excellent references. Call BOAT CONDO SLIP. Covered storage, easy Ermina, 377-3677. in/out. So. Longboat Boat Yard. Max. 30/ft. $26,500. 941-924-0249. MALE CNA, chauffeur, companion with a smile. Available 24 hours a day in your MONTEREY/225 CUDDY Mercruiser, home. Willing to travel. Bonded. Competitive 235/HP, 150/hrs. “On Dock”. Immaculate wages required. Call anytime, feel free to cond. $12,000 o/b/o. 387-9084. leave message. 941-266-0048.

27/FT GRADY-WHITE 1999. Walk-around cabin w/hard top, great electronics and  MATURE HEALTH Care provider with enclosed head. Twin 225/HP Yamahas CNA experience. Loving care a priority! w/extended warranty. Well built, seaworthy Dependable. References. Dottie, 727-1010. boat ready for fishing or family fun. $79,000. 383-0148.

Carpet Cleaning

Boat Slips for Rent/Sale

SAILBOAT SLIPS available in Buttonwood Harbor at Pattigeorge’s Restaurant. $10/ft., SUBARU LEGACY Wagon. EXCELLENT 30/ft. minimum. Please contact Pattigeorge’s CONDITION! 1995, white, only 48K/mi., Restaurant for more information. 383-5111. power doors & windows, cold A/C, $9000. RENT 40’ deep water dock right off street. 941-780-3547. Water/electricity. Protected parking. North Longboat. 383-5372. MERCEDES, 1986 420 SEL. Sunroof, full power. Great condition! $8200. 383-8860. YOUR YACHT IS BEAUTIFUL! WANTED, STORAGE on LBK for car DOESN’T IT DESERVE A during March 22nd through Oct. 31st. BEAUTIFUL HOME? Preferably covered. 383-5680. E-mail: SECURE, DEEPWATER BOAT SLIPS

Auto Transport RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer. Drive your car to the North and back. References. 941-778-5381

Boat Charter CHITWOOD CHARTERS, Grand Banks Yachts. Luxury cruises Captained/Bare boats. Sunsets, Cocktails, Real Estate, Special Occasions, Bertram Sport Fishing. Half–day to weekly. Docks Hyatt Sarasota. Capt. Chitwood. Yacht & Instruction $500/day. 941 957-1530.

SellTimeshare.Net E-mail: Sarasota Based Company (877) 360-2718 toll free

IN A PROTECTED, GARDEN SETTING NEAR LONGBOAT’S NORTH END. AVAILABLE NOW FOR BOATS TO 60’. HARBOUR VILLA CLUB MOORINGS (941) 383-9544 HIGH & DRY indoor storage available. Top rack at The Dry Dock boathouse, 29.6’ LOA, $375/mo. 921-2220.


S & B CARPET CLEANING. Professional Steam Cleaning. Free Estimates! (941) 356-8623.

Catering ANGLO/ITALIAN LADY will pet and house sit. Great cook and bartender. Available for your needs. References. Vivianne, 941-364-8073.

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BARTENDER AND/OR ASSIST catering/serving at your party, formal/casual. No party too small or large. (941) 761-8135. SINCE 1979 Harry’s Continental Kitchen has been making party memories from the casual to black tie affair. Specializing in small dinner parties. 383-0777.


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Licensed and insured. Call 388-3177 for a complete complimentary analysis of your HOA and CONDO Association requirements. Administrative - Financial - Physical Ask for John Bopp 388-3177 or email:

Crushed Shell GILLIS & GILLIS ENTERPRISES. Crushed, washed shell, top soil, landscaping service. We install shell driveways. Serving Sarasota & The Keys since 1978. Fully licensed & insured. 941-753-2954. SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $27/yard. Hauling: all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 795-7775, cell 720-0770.


Marty Roca (941) 587-9690 Lic. #MA32116 For your convenience, I come to you!

Help Wanted



Items For Sale


6140 Gulf of Mexico Dr., LBK. Designer BED QUEEN size pillow top set, $150. King clothes, antiques, furniture, housewares. pillow top set, $250. Full mattress set, $140. 50% off sale! Open Mon., Weds. & Sat. All still in plastic. Can deliver. 232-2544. 9a.m.-3p.m. 383-4738. ORIGINAL DEUTSCH 4/drawer natural BLACK DIAMOND mink stroller, size 14, rattan desk, never used, 42x20.5x30, $275. worn twice. Pd. $4200. Asking $2200 o/b/o. 2/Contemporary, geometric area rugs, 761-3282. chrome floor lamp, white enamel, adjustable desk lamp. 383-9652. ELEGANT RUSTIC FURNITURE: Original designs constructed of reclaimed vintage woods. Florida & N. Carolina. Visit or call (941) 302-0908.

Items Under $200

BEDSPREAD, KING size, quilted, floral, 2/shams, 2/pillows, window scarfs. Never used, all for $50. Glass table top, 48”x48” w/rounded corners, 3/8” thick, amber, DISPLAYED, but never used, MODEL beveled, $75. 383-7092. COMMERCIAL ✦ RESIDENTIAL HOME FURNITURE: 4-piece bedroom suite, CALL US FIRST...BEST PRICE AROUND! $259; sofa & love seat, $399; queen bed LARGE FOX car cover, orig. $150, sell $50. set, $199; full bed set, $159; twin bed set, Queen size air mattress, $25. 387-9496. 321-4261 ✦ 953-3144 $129; daybed complete w/pop-up trundle & 2 mattresses, $285; Futon and frame, $199. 2/TICKETS FOR “Ragtime” at Van Wezel Delivery available. Builders, 753-7118. 4/21/02, 8p.m. Wonderful seats 10th row center. Pd. $58. Sell. $55/ea. 941-383-7118. YOUR CLEANING SERVICES AD FUTON. ALL oak, honey finish, no metal, HERE! mission frame. 9/Layer foam mattress. Still in MINK CAPE, Autumn Haze, $60. 358-2121. CALL 383-5509 box. Cost, $525. Sell, $325. Can deliver. 941-761-2344. 1/SMALL WOMAN’S American flag jacket, SPARKLING WINDOW & Office Cleaning. $50 and 1/med./large man’s, finely detailed, Free estimates, competitive prices! Garage, Moving $65. Call 387-7488. Call Robert, 941-321-2057 or Todd, & Estate Sales 941-266-7337. BOOK COLLECTORS! 10/Volume A History CLEANING TEAM. Reliable. Reasonable. ✦ LONGBOAT KEY Center for the Arts, of The American People, Woodrow Wilson, Dependable. 20/yrs. in business. We DO 9a.m.-2p.m., March 16. 6860 Longboat Drive $150. 383-1659, evenings. Cash only. know what we are doing! 761-2932. South. LADY’S 24” bicycle, new in 2000, only used DAZZLE CLEANING Service, “personalized ☛ LBK, MOVING! Collectibles, household, one winter, rain cover and lambswool seat housekeeping to meet your needs. Referennice stuff! Sat., 9a.m.-4p.m. 622 Buttonwood included. Sacrifice at $80. 383-4624. ces. Call Via, 379-6582. Dr. DINING SET. Round pedestal table, CLEANING SERVICES. I care about your ESTATE SALE, by appointment only. 4/chairs, wood w/cushioned seats, caned home! 927-8339. Longboat Key Club, all from Robb & Stucky. backs, light wood, $150. Bistro set, round Entertainment center, dining set, Pompeii table, 2/chairs, $45. 387-7569. HAVE A sparkling clean home w/details patio set, area rugs, silk plants, lamps, large and quality service. Pet sitter while you are coffee table, bakers rack, custom spread and RIVAL ELECTRIC wok, 4.5/qt., $15. Steamaway. Also specializing in organizing your headboard, twin beds, art work and more! stress ironing seams, $10. DeVilbiss humidihome or office.! Excellent references & Call Julie McClure, 746-2100 or e-mail: fier model 250, $10. Nomad mens steel shaft experience. 954-2147. Sale by Julie McClure. 1-3-5 woods w/head covers, Knight Driver 3-4-6-8-9 irons, $10/ea. Desk lamp, $25. CLEAN WINDOWS, wouldn’t that be nice! 355-5577. I’ll make your glass gleam! Local, license, Health Services insured. CHRIS’S WINDOW CLEANING. SCHWINN 10/SPEED racing bike, $60. (941) 725-0399. Huffy man’s bike, $20. Fisher 500 stereo PROFESSIONAL receiver, $50. New microphone and cable, THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE Computer Services $30. Military gas mask, $35. 924-5093. FOR THE WELLNESS OF YOUR HEALTH! COMPUTER OBEDIENCE Training. Is your OFFERING PAIN RELIEF PATIO SET. Glass top table (42”) w/4 tan computer misbehaving? Will train your AND RELAXATION. chairs. $150. 383-8604. computer to listen to you! Special $15/hour. FREE ADVICE. 545-7508. FIREBOX, MAJESTIC, gas, Model UV36 BRIAN BOWLES w/screen and misc., $175. 371-2768. LIC. #MA34488 USE YOUR COMPUTER as easy 941-544-1065 SCHWINN EXERCISE bicycle. Like new! as your telephone. In home $150. 383-9652. certified professional teacher. 40/yrs. experience. 383-5372. EWIN BED, good cond. w/headboard, $199 ✦ ✦ ✦ COMPUTER COACH. I will teach o/b/o. 383-5438. Don’t Forget!! you in your own home & at your own 50/SQ.YDS. OFF white nylon carpet, pace. Please call Elinor. 951-6145. DEADLINE 17’x27’, $199 o/b/o. 966-0524.


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INTERIOR DECORATOR for hire. Specializing in moderate budgets. Hourly rate. 927-5967.

Landscaping & Lawn Services FREE SNOW REMOVAL, and when its not snowing, I specialize in installing CRUSHED SHELL and ROCK yards, driveways and walkways. Rip Rap, sand and mulch also delivered and spread. Hauling available. Please call DAVID BANNIGAN at 794-6971 or cell at 504-7045.

WORK FROM Home! Earn Free Vacations. Laundry $500-$5000 PT/FT. Will Train. or 888-217-9590. WASH N’FOLD, IRONING, ALTERATIONS. Comforters/$12. Residential & Commercial. EARN INCOME FROM HOME. Your own Linen Service. Self-Service. Clean and business! Mail-order. Full training & support. attended. Open 7/days. Drop-off/pick-up Free Booklet. and delivery. PARADISE COIN LAUNDRY, 888-515-7751. 7466 Cortez Road West, 795-1657. F/T HOUSEKEEPER needed. Salary plus Lost & Found excellent benefits. Must have excellent organizational skills, car and speak English. GOLD RING found near Avenue of The Will have a variety of duties, help w/errands, Flowers last week. Call 383-6151. cooking, laundry and cleaning. 377-3008, Kathleen. FOUND, BLACK Lab mix, 70-80/lbs., 5+/years, neutered, purple collar and leash, no tags. In the area of St. Armands Circle. CLASSIFIEDS WORK 364-9499 or 388-3948.

HOUSE CLEANING by experienced Brazil- ✔ ✔ FLEA MARKET. Sarasota Municipal ian ladies. Good references. Free estimates. Auditorium. Tues. & Weds., March 19 & 20. EXERCISE BIKE, Schwinn Air-Dyne w/pulse meter. Like new, $250. 383-7092. 10a.m.-5p.m. For info: 954-4165. Please call Kiara 342-4243. CHAMPAGNE’S MAID & ERRAND SERVICE

Interior Design

Masonry MASON, 25/YRS. experience. Glass block work, window sills, pavers, cinder block, brick and tile. Walls built and repaired. Fireplaces. 795-3034.

Massage COASTAL MASSAGE THERAPY. In-home visits. Relaxation and Therapeutic massages available. 753-7766 Lic. #MA34584.

Miscellaneous Wanted WANTED TO BUY: old fishing tackle boxes, lures, reels, bamboo rods, guns, etc. 941-966-1617.

Moving Services   DUNBAR’S MOVING. One item or household. Lowest prices around, 25/years experience. Specializing in antiques. Free estimates! 755-8108.

Music “I’D RATHER BE ON LONGBOAT KEY” Ralph Shannon CD’s and cassettes. or (941) 351-0005.

Painting & Wallpapering EXPERIENCED PAINTER specializing in interiors. Many local references. Ask for Tom, 321-3641. VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. The originals since 1984 - Dan or Bill. 795-5100. PAINTING & GENERAL SERVICES CO. Father & Son Team. Handyman repairs, pressure washing, professional quality work. All phases interior/exterior. Call Dan, 954-2158. PASTEL PAINTING. Interior/exterior, neat, reasonable. Wallpaper/wallpaper removal. Supplying LBK clients w/over 12 years experience & customer service. Insured. Paul Passanant. 366-9434.

YOUR PAINTING & WALLPAPERING AD HERE! CALL 383-5509 Answers for this week’s crossword


IN HOME computer services. Senior friendly, training, installation, trouble shooting. Jules Porchey, The Computer Man. 927-1428.

for Classifieds is NOON ON MONDAY!

COMPUTER MONITOR, keyboard, mouse and printer. Windows 95, AOL. Many programs. $100. 365-2160.




Painting & Wallpapering ✦ GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT & PAPER SERVICES. Int./ext. painting, pressure washing, wallpaper & faux painting. We spray wicker. Prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates! Lic./Ins. Call Kevin. 778-2996 or Cell 704-7115. MASTER PAPERHANGER - 25 YEARS. Local references & photos. Former installer for Laura Ashley Interiors in New York and Boston. Also, wallpaper removal & painting. Call Ray Parker, 713-9391 or 727-8903/eves.

Pets OLDER WOMAN wants to buy healthy, adult, quiet female dog. Short hair, paper trained, under 13/lbs. Good home! 941-739-1698.

AUTO TRANSPORT state to state. Insured, professional, N/S driver w/clean record. ♦ ♦ ♦ CUSTOM RENOVATIONS. 25/years Reasonable rates. References available. experience as a highly skilled, dependable, restoration/renovation expert, carpenter (941) 545-5325. & fine finishing contractor. Kitchen and bathroom specialist. Repairs & Painting. Remodeling Paul Beauregard, 779-2294.

& Home Improvements

JOE UNGVARSKY Construction. Remodel- ☛ BILL GAREAU Building & Remodeling. ing contractors. In-house plan design. All phases of home improvement. License State licensed and insured. #CRC035261. #RBC0067087. Insured. 355-4272. Many island references. 778-2993.


Positions Wanted

ARTISAN TILE PERSONAL SECRETARY/ASSISTANT, at (941) 383-2659 home privacy. Will sort mail, write checks, balance checkbook, make appointments, file SKILLED, HONEST, RELIABLE. Carpentry, and more. References available. 504-1743. Painting, Remodeling. Tons of experience. References available. Call Steve Ivan, Professional Services 941-685-2948.



Remodeling & Home Improvements

Professional Services

ROBERT HELD’S HANDYMAN & MORE! Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, Improvements, Window Cleaning & Rescreen. Dependable, friendly service. Call Monday thru Friday, 9a.m.-6p.m. for appointment. 758-8044. EXPERIENCED HANDYMAN: Repairs, painting, landscaping, tile, carpentry, screening, fences, drywall, etc. Licensed. Insured. Free estimates. Edson Bessa. 941-730-6838.




LONGBOAT KEY; Restaurant Business: 150/seats, full bar, superb location, $250,000. LONGVIEW REALTY, INC., Richard W. Estrin, 383-6112.


DOWNTOWN, 1280 North Palm Ave. for rent. 1000/sq.ft. prime storefront or office with kitchenette. 383-0244. 600/SQ.FT. OR 400/sq.ft. Store or Office. Rent is negotiable. 5620 Gulf of Mexico Dr. 383-6563.


STATE CERTIFIED Roofing & General Contractor, FL. Professional Engineer, Roofing (all types), Remodeling, Repairs. Call DON for immediate response. 720-0794. Lic. CC-CO57977, CG-CO61519, PE20374.


  BAYSIDE ROOFING. Roof repair specialists! Re-roofs! New roofs! Tile Replacement! All work guaranteed! RC004206. 941/366-9606.

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PROPERTY CARETAKER. I will look after your residential, rental or commercial property, whether you are at home or away, in terms of security, regular upkeep, light maintenance, etc. Dependable. References. Call 778-7462.

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DOWNTOWN, 1515 MAIN ST. for rent. 2300sq.ft. retail w/850sq.ft. second floor apartment, contemporary with skylights. 383-0244.

PRIME OFFICE space available at the Centre Shops, Longboat Key. Call 387-3135.


All Variations of Ceramic Tile Supplied & Installed. Floors a Specialty. Large Longboat Key Portfolio. Free Estimates & Custom Designs. Call Neil Halfacre (941) 726-3077

Commercial Rentals & Sales

“THE MOST DISTINCTIVE ADDRESS” Avenue of the Flowers-Longboat Key. Join Publix, Eckerds and other exquisite shops. 1665sq.ft. available. 1-800-940-6000. The Sembler Co., Andy Carlson, Licensed R.E. Broker.

Best pricing on all brand name CARPETING & LAMINATES. “Why pay retail” 10 Years Island Resident CHAMBER MEMBER “We take care of our neighbors”


(941) 383-6642 (941) 366-7131

CERAMIC TILE Supplied and Installed

GROCERY SHOPPING FOR YOU. Dislike crowded stores? Don’t have time? Call Andrea, 378-4885.


telephone numer with your ad. We’ll take care of the rest.


Massage Therapy Marty Roca, LMT

“Off season peace of mind.”

For your convenience, I come to you! Chair massage also available License# MA32116

(941) 587-9690

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Woodworking & Cabinetry • Painting Paperhanging • Ceramic Tile

to all of those

Phone: 941-756-2146 • Cell: 941-504-7701 Licensed and Insured

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Senior Citizen Discount • Family Owned Reliable and Dependable Free Estimates • Call 378-5271

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SEEKING CONTRACTS to manage private estate properties. Over twenty years experience on Longboat Key. Providing all phases of management for the homeowner desiring carefree living. Includes: initial evaluation for services, maintenance and repairs; maintenance of grounds and pool; housekeeping; automotive/marine maintenance and repair; inspections for absentee owner. CAM licensed State of Florida since 1993. Excellent references. For appointment and interview, please call 358-6989


927-2128 Carpet Cleaning • Furniture Cleaning Fire/Water Damage Cleanup ServiceMaster of NW Sarasota & The Meadows, Bill & Fonda Davies, Owners

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Commercial Rentals & Sales

Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale

$199,900, LONGBOAT. Huge 1BR, furn. unit, over 1200sq.ft., 2/full baths, w/open plan to private mangrove setting. Great rental income! John Petitti, 941-809-0097. Central Park Realty Corp.

$529,900. PANORAMIC downtown bay front, 15th floor views. Renovations starting February 15. Dennis Girard, 941-809-0041. Central Park Realty Corp.

WINDING OAKS Villa! Beautiful 3BR/3BA, one of Longboat Key’s most coveted villas! Features include: garden atrium, family room, top-of-the-line kitchen w/Corian counter tops. Vaulted ceilings & fireplace, SARASOTA HARBOUR East bay front extended deck w/electric roll-out awnings $379,900, 3BR/2.5BA. LONGBOAT. condo, 55+, end unit, turnkey furnished, offers room for hot tub & overlooks panoramOver 2800sq.ft. Longboat Key. Stand alone 2BR/2BA, boat dock. $259,000. 366-3042 or ic water views. Shows like a model! Priced to townhouse at Tennis Resort, Longboat 356-4210. sell at $739,000. Call for a private showing Key. Furnished, 2/balconies overlooking today! Betty Olen a/h 925-4169 (pages me). mangroves, 2/garages. I challenge you SEAGATE, LBK. South corner, on Gulf PRUDENTIAL CASCADE REALTY. to find better value. Dennis Girard, w/bay view. Avail. immediately, 2BR/2BA. 941-809-0041. Central Park Realty Corp. For sale by owner. 941-383-6559 (if not $319,900. 2BR/2BA. Longboat Key Spanish available, please leave name, number and LONGBOAT LANDING. Unbelievable views best time to return your call). Will consider Villas. Direct canal w/boat docks and deeded beach access. New paint and ceramic. You of bay. Updated building with tennis, pool. working with brokers. can see the bay! Dennis Girard, Central Under building parking. Plenty of storage, boat docks & deep water to ICW. Must LAKE VIEW, 3/car garage, pool w/southern Park Realty Corp. 941-809-0041. see to believe this is available, 3BR/2BA. exposure, stainless steel appliances, granite Denny Wallin, 383-5543 or 800-335-5543. countertops, fireplace, 2,397/sq.ft., 3BR/3BA $219,900. LONGBOAT, Spanish Villa, Wedebrock Real Estate Company. +den. Lot 8 Warwick Gardens in University 2BR/2BA. Low condo fees, new ceramic, enclosed lanai, tile roof, boat dock, beach Park. $570,988. Available July. 351-7777. access, covered parking. Dennis Girard, SUNSETS ON SARASOTA BAY 941-809-0041. Central Park Realty Corp. DOWNTOWN BY THE RITZ BY OWNER CUTE, CUTE, CUTE! Country Club Shores. NEW CONDOMINIUM 3BR/3BA +LIBRARY. Beachside cottage just steps to the Gulf from GOLDEN GATE POINT NEW, NEVER OCCUPIED, 2/CAR deeded beach easement. Turnkey designer GARAGE, LUXURY APPOINTMENTS, furnished. Ready for immediate occupancy. ONE BLOCK FROM NEW RITZ, Price reduced $40,000. Now only $399,000. MARBLE FLOORS, GOURMET KITCHEN, 3BR/3BA +DEN, 2/CAR GARAGE, Broker/Owner. 926-7000 or 359-9098. HUGE BALCONY. DIRECTLY ON BAY, $825,000 WONDERFUL VIEWS. SEAGATE, LBK. Beachfront, 2BR/2BA TOP OF THE LINE APPLIANCES, condo. Split plan w/fabulous Gulf and sunset 320-6201 views from every room. Granite counter tops. TOP OF THE LINE FINISHES. Many built-ins and extras. Har-Tru tennis, heated pool, on-site management. $550,000. OPEN HOUSE, Sunday, 1-4p.m., 445 South $795,000 383-4274. Palm Ave. 2BR/2BA, newly refurbished, ONLY 10% DOWN! court yard, walk to Burns Court, restaurants, AVAILABLE EARLY 2002. WHITNEY BEACH Beauty! Large 1BR/1BA, movies. $197,000. 351-2211. 955-3955 totally remodeled. Custom white kitchen w/dramatic lighting opens into LR w/beautiful CANAL FRONT, 3BR/2BA. Screened pool, water view. White tiles, stunning glazed hand boat dock, fireplace. Partial Bay view. painted bath, abundant closets. Best beach $379,000. Vincent, 383-8860. A. Paradise on LBK. Exceptional unit! $225,000. BY OWNER Realty. 845-457-3478. 724 MARBURY LANE 3BR/2BA, DOCK, CANAL FRONT, SWIMMING POOL w/privacy, Corian coun$239,900. 2BR/2.5BA, 1,500sq.ft. Longboat SCREENED LANAIS, 2/CARPORTS. tertops, maintenance-free landscaping, Key Townhouse, furnished, garage, great $595,000 many designer details. Lot 28, Lennox rental program. Only 12/years old. Tennis BROKERS PROTECTED Gardens in University Park, 2,018/sq.ft., and Pro shop on site. Dennis Girard, Central 383-0280 2BR/2BA +den. $352,869. Available march. Park Realty Corp. 941-809-0041. 351-7777.


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30C THURSDAY MARCH 14, 2002 Condos & Homes For Sale WOODLANDS AT Riverdell, 3BR/2BA, 2/years old, faux painting, oversize lot, $279,500. 941-704-7984. RARELY AVAILABLE, LBK. Custom built Key West style canal front home. Deeded beach access, glorious sunrises, bay and downtown skyline views. Spacious 2+BR suites/2.5BA. Anderson windows/French doors. Hardwood floors, custom woodwork, volume ceilings. Elevator from pool to main living area. 840 Tarawitt Dr. $725,000. 383-0734. MOVE IN TODAY, 4BR/2.5BA +den, 2,665/sq.ft., 2/story, master suite down, family room plan w/den, formal living/dining, cathedral ceilings, huge caged pool, Corian, all appliances, landscaping package, maintenance-free. $390,137. Gleneagles in The Country Club at Lakewood Ranch. Call for your tour today! 907-9777.


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LONGBOAT KEY canal front 2BR/2.5BA home available w/fireplace, pool, and low maintenance yard. Open floor plan plus game room. Call for your appointment today. $329,900. Cathy Meldahl, Wedebrock Real Estate Co. 800-950-3450 or 941-383-5544.

LONGBOAT KEY, large 1/BR. Great Gulf views, heated pool, private beach, new carpet and paint. $895/mo. FREE water & cable. (941) 320-7099.


 PRESTIGIOUS “BEACHES” OF THE LONGBOAT KEY CLUB! Penthouse 10th floor, designer decorated, 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf front, private beach, heated pool. $795,000. Call Mike Bridges @ Re/Max Properties, 954-5454.

✓ LONGBOAT HARBOUR. Exceptionally $219,900, 2BR/2BA. Longboat Key Villa. clean, updated furnishings, overlooking canal to bay, pools, tennis, and boat docks. Private beach clubhouse. A must see! 2BR. Denny Wallin, 383-5543 or 1-800-335-5543. Wedebrock Real Estate Co. LAGUNA YACHT Village: 6330 Laguna Drive. Newly built, spacious home with a boat dock. Lots of upgrades: wood floors, cherry cabinets, granite counters and stainless appliances. Boat dock has water and electric. $719,000. Call Maruta Miluns at Michael Saunders & Co., 440 Gulf of Mexico Dr. (941) 387-9702 or (941) 383-7591. BAYPORT, 2BR/2BA. End unit w/peek of the Gulf, close to beach and pool, nicely furnished, tile throughout, larger sunny deck. $419,000. Now $387,500! DESOTO ACRES. (University Park area), 4-5BR/2.5BA, on 2.2/beautiful acres. Built 1991. $545,000. Coldwell Banker, Linda Paskovich, (941) 383-6411, Cell 504-0601.

New ceramic, low condo fees, deeded beach access. Unit shows great, enclosed bonus room. A real must see! Dennis Girard, 941-809-0041. Central park Realty Corp.

EN PROVENCE, 3BR +family room. Fabulous views in premiere condo community. DARLING LBK, 1/BR condo on canal, Call Cheryl Loeffler, Coldwell Banker 1/block to Gulf, furnished. $125,000. Previews. 383-5000. 732-892-2241/evenings. HIDDEN BAY. “New” 2BR/2BA, bay view, $299,900, YES, direct Gulf views on $1800/mo. Longboat Key. Furnished, freshly painted, ST. ARMANDS TOWERS. 2BR/2BA, City new ceramic. Shop and compare.. Dennis side, $1400/mo. Girard, 941-809-0041. Central park Realty “THE RITZ-CARLTON”. 2BR/3BA +den, Corp. $6900/mo. ST. ARMANDS TOWERS, south tower, Lots & Acreage For Sale 2BR/2BA, direct Gulf view. $2500/mo. LAGUNA YACHT VILLAGE, single family EN PROVENCE, only the BEST! 4BR/4BA, lot. Boat dock, community pool. New 9/unit Gulf front, $7000/mo. subdivision on 6.53/acres. Plans avail. “RITZ-CARLTON,” 1BR/1BA, 1400sq.ft., Carol Williams, Broker, Smith REALTORS, stunning, $4900/mo. RENAISSANCE, Bay and City view, (941) 778-0777 or 744-0700/eves. 2BR/2BA, 9th floor, $3000/mo. BAYWOOD COLONY, bay front home, 2BR/2BA, stunning, $2500/mo. LARGE VILLAGE LOT FOR SALE PINESTONE, 2BR/2BA, $1100/mo. 100’ FRONTAGE 105’ DEPTH HUGHES STREET. JENNETTE & ROSSI RON JOHNSON REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT 387-7136 941-953-6000

LONGBOAT WATERFRONT CONDO: Direct view of Sarasota Bay. Windward Bay, 2BR/2BA, $295,000. Recently updated, new paint, carpet, appliances, windows. Turnkey furnished. Under cover parking. Mobile Homes Call for appointment. 941-387-7667 or cell: GULF SHORE, LBK. 20x40, 2BR/2BA, 727-560-5129. completely remodeled. Direct Gulf view. 55+, no pets, no rentals. For appointment, call 383-1437. Asking $112,500. BEST WATER VIEW ON LONGBOAT KEY NICE USED HOMES UPDATED 2BR/2.5BA CONDO 55+ PARK NORTH LONGBOAT KEY OWNER FINANCING TENNIS AND BOAT SLIP MOVE-IN SPECIALS, HEATED POOL/SPA VIEW LONGBOAT PASS LOT RENTALS AVAILABLE AND THE GULF 941-746-3853 $525,000

LBK, GRAND BAY, premiere community. 2BR/2BA penthouse, furnished w/wrap around terrace. Spectacular views of Sarasota Bay and skyline. 2/Garage parking, 24/hr. security, $2800/mo. (941) 387-1336, E-mail: LARGE LBK home, 2-3BR, 2/full baths, study, living room, family room, large yard, 2/car garage, bay views, animals considered. 387-7267. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES, 3BR/2BA on deep water canal. Annual, unfurnished. $3000/mo. Call Hanly & Associates Realty, 388-2331.


CANAL FRONT home, North End Longboat Key. Deeded beach access, boat dock Out-Of-State Property and ramp. A must see dream home! MICHAEL SAUNDERS & CO. PRIVATELY OWNED. Cute, cozy cottage (813) 832-4805. 440 GULF OF MEXICO DR. by stream, all furnished, in the mountains 941-383-7591 of North Carolina, $850/mo. $500/wK. L’ELEGANCE. 2BR/2.5BA +den, waterfront, 941-387-0048 OR 941-356-1277 beautiful! Furn. or unfurn., $2800/mo. 362-3280. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. 3BR/3BA, $259,900 DOWNTOWN facing Gulfstream. Over 1500sq.ft., freshly painted and ☛ ☛ NORTH CAROLINA Executive canal, pool, pet OK, unfurnished, $2400/mo. carpeted. Low condo fees, in-unit laundry. SEAPLACE, 2BR/2BA refurbished condo. Mountain Home for sale by owner. ST. ARMANDS TOWER. 2BR/2BA, beautiful, furnished, $1800/mo. Only 14/units. Dennis Girard, 941-809-0041. 50/Feet to beach. $325,000. 387-3141 or (863) 781-0281. BANYAN BAY. 3BR/3BA, bay view, furn. Central Park Realty Corp. e-mail: for pictures. NORTH CAROLINA Mountains. Two beauti- $2500/mo. OUTDOOR FIREPLACE and kitchen, specful wooded 1/2 acre lots for sale in Sapphire LIDO HARBOUR SOUTH. 2BR/2BA, Gulf tacular lake and golf view homesite, stain- ☛ NEWLY REMODELED canal front, Valley, NC. Adjoining greenbelt with lovely view, unfurnished, $1300/mo. less steel appliances, granite countertops, 2BR/2BA. Pool, dock, boat lift. 683 Marbury stream. Close to Cashiers and Highlands. COLDWELL BANKER paver drive, 3,080/sq.ft., 3BR/3BA +den. Lot Lane. $439,000. Price reduced, trades & Prefer to sell together. Utilities in place. LISA SNOW 34 Warwick Gardens in University Park. financing considered, brokers protected. Amenities include golf, water sports, tennis 388-5532 $765,309. Available May. 351-777. 387-3141. and skiing. $39,500 for both. Call 346-0459. PRIVATE PRESERVE homesite, great room plan, 2,041/sq.ft., 2BR/2BA +den, lush maintenance-free landscaping, Corian, Roman shower, designer upgrades. Lot 27 lennox Gardens in University Park. Available March. 351-7777.

BUTTONWOOD COVE, LBK. Luxury, Bay/ Gulf water front, and views all around including 40’ deep water dock, two tennis courts, year round pool, 2BR/2BA, large screened lanai, eat in kitchen, major appliances, assigned garage parking. $365,000. 941-387-8480.


GORGEOUS COMPLETELY furnished MODEL HOME filled w/custom upgrades and designer details, lake view, swimming pool, open for tours, 2,397/sq.ft., 3BR/3BA +den. $670,584. Lot 9 Stanhope Gate in University Park. Available April. 351-7777. LONGBOAT’S BEST BUY! 2BR/2BA, 2nd floor end unit, completely updated, covered parking. All amenities. $275,000. Town & Shore Realty, 383-3840. Betty Johnson, 383-3844. $282,000, DIRECT GULF. Sorry its SOLD. Dennis Girard, 941-809-0041. Central Park Realty Corp.


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 2BR/2BA condo w/enclosed lanai, tastefully furnished, fully equipped, on the beach on Lido Key on 3rd floor in exceptionally well-maintained elevator building. Beach and ocean views. Heated pool, cabana, 3/steps from pool deck directly to the beach and the Gulf of Mexico.  LBK, BEACHFRONT. Location, size, No pets. Rents for $3300/mo. in season, price! Spectacular Gulf view. Extensively $1300/mo. on annual basis. Available April 1, 2002. (941) 383-8592. renovated. Please call 302-3400. IMMACULATE HOME on Anna Maria Island, 3BR/2BA +loft, lots of storage and under cover parking for 5! Great corner lot just steps to the Gulf. Denise Fleese, 504-5211. A. Paradise Realty, L.R.B.


BAY VIEW, 2BR/2BA. One Watergate, unfurnished, steps to the Ritz. $1850/mo. No pets. 373-0302.

✓ COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. Beautifully remodeled 3BR/2BA w/pool. On canal, 7/min. walk to beach. No smoking $2950/mo. 383-6193.

LONGBOAT KEY. Bay and beach, 3BR/2BA house w/dock, steps from beach. Available for 1/yr., Aug. or Sept., 02 through Aug. or Sept., 03. Furnished, caged heated spa and pool, fireplace, cars, computer, table, etc. Great neighbors. Kids and pets OK. $4800/mo. 36/Ft. Jeanneau sailboat also available for same time, $1000/mo. if with house. 941-383-8339. BIRD KEY. Spacious 3BR/2BA UF home. Screened pool, 2/car garage, view of Sarasota Bay. $3000/mo. Application and fee required. Wedebrock Real Estate Company, (941) 383-5886. EN PROVANCE. Direct Gulf front, fantastic community. Outstanding unit, 4BR/4BA, family room, fireplace, summer kitchen, 2/car garage, butler’s pantry, and much more. APPOINTMENT ONLY, $7000/mo. DOWNTOWN - THE CONDOMINIUMS @ THE RITZ CARLTON, 11th floor, stunning bay/Gulf views, hardwood floor, office/den, upscale everything. 3BR/3BA, wet bar. Amenities that ONLY the RITZ can offer, $6900/mo. JENNETTE & ROSSI, INC. REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT 953-6000

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES, 4BR/2BA. LOCKWOOD OAK RUN, 3BR/2BA on 1.2 Pool, dock, remodeled. Rent or lease acre lot. Great family home on cul-de-sac. w/option to buy. $2800/mo. 374-6254. Heavily treed and secluded neighborhood. LIDO BEACH, furnished 2BR, $1100/mo. Non aggressive pet(s) OK. First, last, $300 security deposit. Lease $1700/mo includes Efficiency, $490/mo. (407) 805-0540. lawn service. Available 4/1. Call 355-0577.


Rentals: Annual CONDO W/SLIP, 2BR/2BA, second floor, glassed front overlooking beautiful water and island view w/wildlife for nature lover’s delight. Walk-in closets, fireplace, cable, heated pool and covered parking. Dock w/power, water, lights and dock box. Short canal end is in sight of Longboat Pass to Gulf. Excellent storm protection. Quiet and safe. West Bradenton/Tidy Island area. Non-smokers, no pets, adults only. Annual lease $900/mo. 941-794-1604. SPANISH MAIN Yacht Club, free standing 2BR/2BA villa. Enclosed lanai, laundry room, carport, turnkey furnished, beach & bay access, community pool & docks. Also available seasonally. 383-8860.

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GOLDEN GATE POINT BAYFRONT, dock available. Gracious and elegant 2BR/2BA, unfurnished condo. Pristine condition, W/D, $1800/mo. 587-1122 or 544-1006. BIRD KEY, bay front. Contemporary 3BR/2BA, beautiful, furnished or unfurnished, heated pool, dock, very private, $4500/mo. 941-955-4886.

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LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 THE RESIDENCE AT THE RITZ-CARLTON bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido SPACIOUS 1BR/1.5BA, bay view, 10th Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental floor, wonderful kitchen and bath. Stunning condo. 388-1404. furnishings, just all Ritz-Carlton, $6000/mo. INCREDIBLE VIEWS of the bay and downtown from the most wonderfully WHITNEY BEACH. Gulf side, 1/br decorated 2BR/2BA, 12th floor unit at the condo, sleeps 4. Pool, tennis courts. Ritz. All the amenities, $8500/mo. Non-smokers, 1/mo. minimum. Avail. May & UNFURNISHED 11TH floor open bay view, August through November. Owner direct polished hardwood floors, 3BR, 3/full baths, wet bar, stunning kitchen and much, much rental savings. (941) 383-7797. more! Annual rental, $6900/mo. ST. ARMANDS Circle. Kingston Arms UNFURNISHED 15TH floor bay view, Condominiums. Newly renovated and 3BR/3BA, wet bar, marble floors, $8000/mo. furnished 2BR/2BA unit, heated pool, steps to beach and shopping. No pets, no JENNETTE & ROSSI smoking. Available Sept. through Dec., 2002 REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT ($1700/mo.) and Jan. through April, 2003 941/953-6000 ($2900/mo. (770) 226-0955 or e-mail:

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SEAPLACE, 2BR/2BA. Building G8, on  LBK, SEAGATE. Mid unit, Gulf front, beach, beautiful Gulf view, immaculate. 2BR/2BA. 3-4/mo. minimum. Owner Available Dec. through March, 03., 2/mo. minimum. Non-smoker. Call 941-383-7021 or 781-444-0608. 1-888-524-0511. ☛ ☛ BEACHPLACE, DIRECT beachfront, ☛ LBK, NORTHSHORE RD. Fabulous 2BR/2BA. Available starting April, 2002. waterfront setting, steps from nicest (216) 881-3232 or (440) 247-3207.

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES. Second home off Bay. Open floor plan, neutral beach, dock to fish from, 1BR/1BA colors, 3BR/2.5BA, heated pool. Avail. condo. $1700/mo. or $1500/mo. season. 4/1/02. Annuals considered. $3000/mo. (603) 595-8681. 3BR/2BA LBK. Steps to Longboat’s widest (941) 383-0501. LIDO BEACH, 3 garden apartments just one and most beautiful beaches! Quaint, tropical ISLANDER CLUB, 2003 Season. Gulfside, block from Lido Beach. Turnkey, tastefully setting. $1625/mo. 725-2826 or 387-3366. large pool, tennis, exercise room. furnished, updated. 2BR/1BA available 2BR/2BA, elegantly furnished. beginning April. Studio & 1BR available beBAYFRONT CONDO NEXT TO THE RITZ. Large ginning May. Call owner (941) 383-0244 for Large, clean 2BR/2BA, w/great views. 941-387-0121. information. Pets OK. Also avail. furnished. 914-1055. LONGBOAT KEY, 2BR/2BA. Beachfront. Available for 2003: Nov./Dec./April: $3600; BUTTONWOOD COVE, 3BR. Deep water Rentals: Jan./Feb./March: $4100. Price reduction slip, pool, tennis and racquet ball courts. Seasonal & Vacation w/multiple month rental. Near Diplomat, 3rd Beautifully furnished, Gulf/bay views from floor unit, elevator, fully furnished, pool. Very 2/lanais. Available monthly April to October, quiet, beautiful views. No smokers, no pets. 2002.. 800-220-3165 ext. 2665. (910) 822-4096 or WINTER IN FLORIDA NORTH TRAIL. Secluded, charming studio NICE USED HOMES apartment close to arts and bay, $300/wk. OR 496-9724. CONVENIENT RV LOTS 55+ PARK, HEATED POOL/SPA 6701 GULF of Mexico Dr., unit 320. Large 941-746-3853 1BR/1BA, on the pool, on the beach w/special patio garden off master bedroom CASA DEL MAR suite. For lease, $3800/mo. March-April. Broker/Owner Tony Everett, The Tony ✓ BRADENTON BEACH rental. Quiet, RESORT CONDOMINIUM Everett Co. Lic. R.E. Broker. 813-629-6260 updated 2BR/2BA condo on intercoastal or 813-839-5000. w/boat dock and across street from Gulf. WEEKLY RENTALS Jan.-March, $3500/mo. 941-752-3632. GULF FRONT/GULF VIEW ST. ARMANDS. Exquisite turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA cottage. 1100ft. +screened lanai, GRAND BAY, Longboat. 2BR/2BA, fabulous Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/MC walk beach/Circle. May 1 through Dec. 15 bay views, $5500/mo. Fax: 941-383-7925 and 2002, 2003 season. (941) 388-2524. LIDO REGENCY, Lido. 2BR/2BA, penthouse $4500/mo. SEAPLACE, 2-3BR/2BA. Newly decorated * Many other seasonal rentals available! Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. & updated ground floor unit w/large terrace. Visit our web site... Avail. April through Dec., 2/mo. minimum. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive 941-366-0030. Longboat Key 34228 COLDWELL BANKER PLAYERS CLUB, 2003 Season. Lovely LISA SNOW “85% Repeat Guests” 2BR/2.5BA, Gulf view, inside parking. 388-5532 Non-smoking, 4/mo. minimum. 383-4664. “INTENTIONALLY BETTER” SEAPLACE, 2BR/1BA, 2003 Season. ☛ NEXT SEASON, NOV.-MAY, 2003. 3-4/mo. Full amenities, fully furnished, St. Armands Towers South, 9th floor. Direct garden view. No smokers. No pets. Owner. Gulf view from all large rooms, 2BR/2BA, 770-509-7419. fully furnished, elegant, 42’ balcony, pool, sauna. 4/mo. $3500/mo., 6/mo. $2650/mo. Cell: (305) 793-0975, Eves: (305) 665-1772. LONGBOAT KEY, Beachplace, 3BR/2BA. LBK, CANAL ranch, 3BR/2BA, pool, garage. Avail. Dec., 2002, Jan./Feb./March, 2003. ✔ ✔ SEAPLACE, WINTER 2003. Large Walk down unit, beautiful view. Available $9500. 1-800-821-5073/9897504. Aug., Sept., Oct., 2002. Call Bridgette at beautifully furnished 2BR/2BA condo. No 989-792-4630 or 989-797-4644. SEAPLACE CONDO available 2002/2003 view. 3/mo. minimum. Call 941-383-6088 or Season. Minimum rental 4/mos. except 609-497-1360. LIDO BEACH condo. Gulf view, 1BR/1BA, 2/mos. rental would be acceptable for Nov. & LIDO BEACH, 3BR/2BA, newly remodeled & designer furnished. Seasonal 3/mo. min., Dec., 2002. 309-359-5001 or E-mail: to: furnished home. Across the street from $3000/mo. Annual $1800/mo. 374-6254. beach, walk to St. Armands. 955-0110 or PLAYERS CLUB, 2003 season. 2BR/2BA CASEY KEY Gulf front cottage, 2BR/2BA. +sunroon. Completely renovated granite Week, month, season. Available April. marble, designer finished. Gulf views from 941-704-7984. LONGBOAT KEY CLUB, behind the gates. every room. 3/mo. min. (716) 759-6799 3BR/3BA, on Gulf, gorgeous sunsets, 3/mo. Cell: (716) 984-3321. SANDS POINT, inside Longboat Key Club. minimum. (201) 784-8356. 1500/sq.ft. condo, 1.5BR/1.5BA apartment LONGBOAT KEY, 2BR/2BA. Beautifully on Gulf. 3/mo. minimum 2003 Season, ✔ ✔ LBK, ON THE BEACH, gorgeous renovated w/granite. On the beach! Available $3400/mo. (516)922-6033. 2BR. 1/mo. minimum. $3500/mo. May thru March, 2002, $4000/mo. Also, weekly rentals Oct. $4500/mo. Nov. thru April My Realty throughout 2002. 859-441-6896. BEACHPLACE, BY owner. Large 2BR/2BA, Company. (941) 504-0551. all new carpet and tile floors, new furniture, PRIVATEER NORTH, 2BR/2BA, beach kitchen appliances including large W/D. Tiled SANDS POINT, 3BR/2BA, 1900/sq.ft., on front, excellent condition, beautifully beach, pool, 3rd floor. Feb., March, April, furnished. Available immediately for annual porch w/new furniture. Master bedroom king size, guest bedroom twin beds. New 2003. $4500/mo. 716-759-6029. or seasonal rental. 941-379-4895 or blackout drape liners both bedrooms. 941-924-4427. Non-smokers only. Bldg. #11, apt. 103. SEAPLACE BUTTONWOOD COVE, LBK. Luxury TKF Underground parking. Minimum 4/mo. during BEAUTIFUL LOFT RENTAL condo, Bay/Gulf water front, views all season, 3/mo. w/premium rental possible. APRIL THROUGH DECEMBER around, dock, tennis courts, year round pool, Available other times also. Cannot 2/MO. OR SEASONAL 2BR/2BA, large screened lanai, eat in accommodate small children because of decorating. Call owner, 941-383-6559 for VERY REASONABLE RATE kitchen, long/short term. 941-387-8480. appointment or additional information. OWNER BANYAN BAY Club. 3.5BR/3BA. Bayfront. Please leave name, number, area code. 383-2589 Your call will be returned. (843) 883-3496/

BAYPORT, 2BR/2BA. Upstairs end unit, close to beach and pool, larger sunny deck. 1/mo. min. Available May through Dec., $2200/mo. Avail. Jan. through April, 2003. Linda Paskovich, 941-504-0601. CANAL FRONT home, North End Longboat Key. Deeded beach access, boat dock and ramp. A must see dream home! (813) 832-4805. ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, living, dining area, W/D in building. Monthly or May through Jan. $1200/mo. 351-5101.

Rentals Wanted MATURE PROFESSIONAL couple seeks Gulf front luxury condo, preferably behind the gates of LBK Club for 2003 season. Annual lease considered, repeat clients. Please call 383-1181 until April 1. LONGTERM SEAPLACE renters looking for 2BR/2BA apartment for Feb. & March, 2003. 383-5706. UNFURNISHED 2BR/2BA. Annual or longer, W/D hook-up, pool. Lido, LBK, Gulfstream. Phone, anxious. $1200/mo. 388-4816.

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